Jun 15, 2017
They dramatically improve your hearing and help you take a more active role in everyday life – there’s no doubt about the transformative effects of hearing aids. But are there other benefits that until now have been overlooked?
The link to dementia
Back in 2011, a US study by John Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging indicated that elderly people with hearing loss are more likely to suffer from dementia.
The study also found a positive correlation between the severity of hearing loss and the severity of the dementia: the worse your hearing loss, the worse your dementia could be.
If left untreated, hearing loss can be a frustrating condition, leading to feelings of isolation and, in rare cases, depression. The link between hearing loss and dementia makes it even more important to identify hearing loss as soon as possible – treating hearing loss quickly could slow the onset of dementia.
I have hearing loss. What are my options?
Perhaps the most effective treatment for hearing loss is a hearing aid. By improving your overall hearing sensitivity, they can also make a dramatic difference to your overall quality of life. No more frustration at having missed a conversation with friends, just crystal-clear audio.
The hearing aids of yesteryear were big and bulky. You certainly wouldn’t describe them as discreet. But today’s modern digital hearing aids are an entirely different prospect. They’re small, much more effective, and when you're wearing them they’re often difficult or even impossible to spot. Most can be custom-moulded to fit your ear, so they’re comfortable to wear, too.
Today, there are a three main types of hearing aid:
— In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids – ideal if you have moderate to severe hearing loss. Dual microphones mean great sound quality.
— Open ear or receiver-in-the-ear (RTE) hearing aids – perfect if you are suffering from moderate hearing loss. These popular varieties of hearing aid are discreet and deliver a natural sound.
— Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids – can be a good option if you have mild hearing loss. They sit entirely within your ear canal. So they’re the most discreet design, but can be less powerful and often lack manual controls compared to other types.
What’s best for me?
Whether you’re new to hearing aids or you’re looking for a replacement for your old hearing aid, the first step is to get your hearing tested. Just like your eyesight, your hearing ability changes over time. Pop into your nearest branch of The Hearing Care Partnership for a free hearing test. A qualified audiologist will use the latest audiometric equipment to give your hearing a thorough examination, lasting around 60-90 minutes.
Once your hearing test is complete, we can recommend the best hearing aid for you. We’ll also give you a free hearing aid demonstration, a 30-day money back guarantee on any digital hearing aid, warranties on batteries and accessories, plus a free Clean & Check service.
Always there for you
Unlike glasses, it can take time to adjust to a new hearing aid, as they often require settings to be tweaked several times before you can get the most out of them. That’s why our audiologists will help you fine-tune your hearing aid throughout the entire life of the product, not just on the day of purchase.
You can book your free hearing assessment in store, or book an appointment online.