This time of year, we celebrate and give thanks for our family and friends. It is a time to gather together for holiday meals and festivities.
Perhaps you made a commitment to yourself or loved one to hear better in 2018. If you made that decision, congratulations! The gift of hearing can help you stay active and involved. If you have not had the opportunity to follow up on your pledge, perhaps now would be the time to do so. Family gatherings should be occasions to look forward to. If you or a family member can no longer participate in discussions and activities due to hearing challenges, unfortunately, these gatherings can lead to feelings of isolation.
We are sharing the following information from Starkey Hearing Technologies. Their latest technology Livio AI hearing aids can track social activity.
“One big reason people become socially isolated is because of hearing loss.
For every 10 decibel drop in hearing sensitivity, the odds of social isolation among 60-69-year olds increase by 52%.
Social isolation — especially as we age — increases the risk of numerous mental and physical health challenges, including depression, heart disease, abnormal immune systems, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Social isolation is also a growing epidemic which, according to the former Surgeon General of the United States, is associated with a “reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
One big reason people become socially isolated is because of hearing loss. Often, as hearing becomes challenging, people avoid social, business or transactional situations where interaction is key — and instead choose to withdraw and isolate themselves.
Our new Livio AI hearing aid was designed specifically to help. Not only is it our best sounding and best performing hearing aid ever to help people hear and engage better, it’s also the first wearable device that helps you track how socially active you are.”
Enjoy your holidays. Don’t let hearing loss create a life of isolation for you or a loved one!