Hearing isn’t quite like riding a bike
Studies show that people will wait eight to ten years between first experiencing symptoms of hearing loss and finally seeking help. Instead they ask people to repeat themselves, turn the TV up louder, or avoid places where hearing is more challenging. These behaviors are actually making matters worse. That’s why early intervention is always recommended.
Early intervention prevents your brain from forgetting what to do
The ability to make instant association depends on repeatedly hearing a word. If you do not hear a word for a long period of time, connecting the sound to its meaning occurs. Over time, reduced stimulation to the brain can impair its ability to process sound and recognize speech. Once speech recognition deteriorates, it is only partially recoverable with hearing aids.
Early intervention slows cognitive decline and communication problems
Not being able to hear what’s going on around you contributes to reduced mental sharpness and communication abilities.
Early intervention improves the use of hearing aids
The earlier people begin to use hearing aids, the sooner they get comfortable wearing them, and the easier it is to maximize their advantage.
Now is a great time to be proactive about your hearing loss and seek treatment before its negative effects get worse. To arrange for a hearing consultation, contact us at (605) 996-0281 or by filling out our Contact Us page and we will be in touch to schedule your appointment.
Patricia Larson Shields, AuD FAAA MACCCSP/L is a doctor of audiology with her degree from The School of Audiology of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in February, 2003. She has been in business in Mitchell, SD since September, 1991.