Improving our hearing improves our quality of life

Being reunited with friends and loved ones reminds us how much life has to offer. We are also reminded of how improving our hearing improves our quality of life.

Improve quality of life

Benefits

Hearing well plays such an important role in our daily lives. It allows us to:

  • Connect more deeply with loved ones, making communication easy once again
  • Direct our focus on others, instead of feeling insecure and focused on ourselves
  • Enjoy performing daily activities independently
  • Attend an appointment on our own, since we can better understand what others are saying
  • Enjoy an active lifestyle and celebrate with our tennis partner or golf buddy on their perfect shot
  • Feel safe in an emergency because we can hear the warning sirens

Overall, we experience improved quality of life. When we feel confident, connected, safe, and are maintaining our independence, we have a greater capacity to offer our gifts to the world.

Offerings

Your hearing health and well-being are the cornerstone of our commitment to you. At Hear Well Be Well, we offer:

  • FREE Comprehensive Hearing Tests
  • In-office hearing aid demonstrations at no cost
  • Manufacturers’ warranties
  • Loss / damage / stolen coverage
  • 30-day return policy & 90-day evaluation period
  • Hearing aid lifetime service plans that include:
    • scheduled follow-up appointments (2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months)
    • annual retesting and reprogramming
    • unlimited in-office hearing aid cleanings
    • unlimited trouble-shooting
  • And much more

Today’s hearing aid technology provides many options in modern styles, shapes and technology to choose from. We also offer user-friendly hearing aids that are rechargeable and won’t interfere with masks. We will work together to help you find the hearing solution that’s right for you.

We invite you to book an appointment with us. Our hearing healthcare professionals will take good care of you. Contact us by clicking here. 

Improving our hearing improves our quality of life and gives us peace of mind.

Improving our brain’s neuroplasticity

The best way to keep our brain flexible and growing is to constantly challenge ourselves. How do we do this? By regularly facing new challenges and tasks.

Try puzzles

For example, working through puzzles like Sudoku, or remember the Rubiks Cube, can help stimulate the brain. If we take this one step further by trying something else new once we’ve mastered Sudoku, we’ll be building new roadways and bridges in our brain to keep our minds sharp for years to come.

Contrast this with people who sit on the couch night after night watching television. They aren’t expanding the programs that run in the brain and, thus, the brain diminishes, and cognitive deficits become more pronounced.

Stay connected

Having an active social life is another way we can challenge our brain. It turns out, the most difficult thing our brain deals with is other people. Because we don’t know what they are going to say, it keeps us on our toes. However, socializing in-person can be challenging during a pandemic. Add to that, mask-wearing which makes lip reading more difficult, or straining to hear over the phone if you are experiencing hearing loss.

This is where a video call over Zoom comes in; no mask-wearing or social distancing required! Staying connected to our loved ones is vital to our overall and brain health. Turn up the volume on the computer, make a tea or coffee, and let’s enjoy sharing stories with friends and family. Keeping our brain flexible and growing will pay off in the long run.

Keep nerves stimulated

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to keep the nerves in your ears stimulated. These nerves are responsible for sending signals to the brain. Hearing aids change the way sound is sent into the ear and onward to the brain, reactivating the hearing centres in our brain and reducing brain tissue shrinkage. We offer a FREE hearing test. Call to book an appointment.

Source: David Eagleman, Neuroscientist and author of: Livewired. The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain.

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Benefits of a hearing test

There is a stigma about having hearing loss. It stems from a belief that this natural process makes you seem ‘old’. This belief can cause people to be reluctant to get their hearing tested,. There are many benefits to having your hearing tested regularly.

Benefit #1

Having a hearing test can help you understand your hearing system’s ability today. They say, ‘knowledge is power’. At Hear Well Be Well™, we want you to be an advocate for your own hearing health. We will arm you with the knowledge you need to feel empowered to make decisions.

Benefit #2

Having regular hearing tests will help identify whether you have any hearing loss and, if so, to what degree it may exist. During your hearing test, your clinician will talk with you about the impact your hearing ability is having on your lifestyle and relationships. They will offer solutions to help you deal with these implications. Sometimes, they will recommend hearing aids as a solution.

When you are armed with knowledge about your solution options, you can take control over your quality of life.

Hearing loss is gradual

It’s important to know, hearing loss is gradual. Our hearing starts to change in our 40’s. It is so subtle, we often do not recognize the signs immediately. Our brain will tell us we hear the same today as we did yesterday. Thus, we will not acknowledge our gradual hearing loss over the years. Because the process of hearing loss is so gradual, we may tell ourselves it is only circumstance; that other people are not speaking clearly, or that there is too much noise around us. By the time we recognize the issue may be our hearing, and not the circumstances, 20 years may have passed.

Thus, it is our lack of recognition of the presence of the issue in our 40’s that stopped us from addressing the problem when it started. Unfortunately, our hearing does not improve with time, or by leaving it alone to fix itself; hearing loss continues to gradually worsen. Knowing our hearing will naturally start to decline, and that it will continue to decline without intervention, is the reason we recommend having regular hearing tests.

Hearing connects us

Hearing is one of our five major senses that help us understand the world around us. Sound can arouse our emotions: hearing a child laugh or the voice of a loved one. It can trigger our memories: music can magically transport us to another time. Sound also alerts us to the presence of danger, or to the presence of a loved one on the other end of the phone. Hearing connects us, not only to the world, but to one another. Our ability to hear is a wonderful gift, and one we often take for granted.

As humans, we have an instinctive need for social connection with others. Social connections help us develop higher self-esteem and empathy, as well as reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, social connectedness has a direct influence on improving our immune systems (CMHA, 2019). Hearing well is a vital element of your social connection and an important part of your healthy lifestyle because it helps you stay connected with the people around you.

Hearing loss is normal in adulthood

When working with clients, I find they are comforted to learn that hearing loss is normal in adulthood; that this is not something they caused or could have avoided. In addition to natural biological factors, there are environmental influences, such as noise exposure, that have a direct effect. In this modern world, we are constantly bombarded with noise and our hearing system is unable to be selective about what it wants to hear and what it does not. We do not have ear lids to shut sound out.

Get a baseline test by age 55

Fortunately, some clinics, like Hear Well Be Well, offer a free hearing evaluation. We do this because we believe your hearing is so vital to your overall wellbeing that we do not want affordability to be a barrier to your access to this important health resource. Ideally, we recommend you start by getting a baseline test by the age of 55, then at regular intervals based on your clinician’s recommendation. But it is never too late to start!

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