ARE HEARING TESTS IMPORTANT?
In middle age the likelihood of suffering from hearing loss is 1 in 4. After your 65th birthday it’s 1 in 2. These numbers show that you could have a hearing loss now or soon. A simple test can improve your chances of a happy and healthy life. Being in environments that are loud or having parents with hearing problems mean you should get your hearing checked even earlier.
A simple hearing test can help:
1. YOU ENJOY LIFE MORE
Studies have shown that hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression and frustration. Hearing loss makes it difficult to communicate. In everyday life, it can cause stress, fatigue and frustration for you and your loved ones. Over time, these feelings can lead to withdrawal and isolation. A simple hearing test can help you enjoy your life and get out more!
2. YOU DECREASE FALL RISKS
Your hearing plays into your awareness of your environment. Because of this, hearing loss can cause you to be less aware of what’s around you and make you more prone to falling. Your balance and gait are also impacted by your ability to hear. As you get older, your risk of serious injury due to a fall exponentially increases. Prevent falls by making sure your hearing is what it should be.
3. YOUR OVERALL EAR HEALTH
Factors like wax buildup, abnormal growths, and infections can increase your risk for hearing loss. When detected early and treated, it is less likely that you will face any permanent hearing loss because of these issues.
4. EARLY DETECTION OF DISEASE
If you suffer from unexplained hearing loss, especially if you’re under the age of 55, then it could be connected to a more serious health issue. People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss. In addition, the correlation between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease is quite high. With diabetes and cardiovascular disease both listed in the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, you owe it to yourself to get your hearing checked.
5. DETER DEMENTIA
There are links between hearing loss and both dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
If hearing goes untreated for long enough, hearing loss can lead to the deterioration of your mental state and cognitive abilities. Your brain tissue actually runs the risk of shrinking. There’s almost triple the amount of brain risk for these issues in people that suffer from even moderate hearing loss.
A HEARING TEST IS QUICK AND EASY
Getting your hearing checked is painless and usually takes less than an hour. With all of the potential problems this quick test can prevent, there’s no reason not to get your hearing checked out. If your results come back and your hearing could use some help, there are plenty of ways to get it back to where it needs to be.
Contact us for more information and to schedule your test today!