In 1979, Sam Lybarger said: “A hearing aid is an ultra-miniature electro-acoustical device that is always too large. It must amplify sound a million times, but bring in no noise. It must operate, without failure, in a sea of perspiration, a cloud of talcum powder, or both. It is a product that one puts off buying for ten years after he needs it, but cannot do without it for thirty minutes when it has to be serviced.”
This statement is still true today. Fortunately, modern hearing aids are much smaller, can withstand more moisture, amplify sounds we want to hear and filter out those we don’t. However, they are not perfect. They don’t work as well or as fast as our ears and brain want them to work. So why should anyone get good-quality hearing devices?
Hearing loss is a risk factor for dementia. Research shows that mild hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia, moderate loss triples the risk and people with severe hearing loss have five times the risk.
Hearing aids improve hearing and communication with others. The earlier you start using hearing aids, the easier it is to adjust to listening to amplified sounds, maintain your speech understanding and enjoy good relationships with loved ones. These things can modify the risk of dementia and improve your quality of life.
Find out how quality hearing devices can help you. Schedule an appointment by calling (847) 382-5700.