January is a good month to start new plans. Plan to eat better, exercise more, and stay in touch with friends. Another way to start the year off right is with an annual hearing test. That may not sound glamorous, but it’s very necessary and important. Hearing impacts many aspects of your health, and getting an annual hearing test at Worth Hearing is a great idea to incorporate into the plans you are making this month.
Early treatment prevents future problemsFor many adults, the last time they had their hearing checked was in grade school. You get tested for high blood pressure, get your vision tested, get screened for diabetes, get your cholesterol checked – so why wouldn’t you get your hearing checked? Research has shown hearing is not just about our ears. Hearing impacts a big part of your life and overall health. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to early onset dementia, decreases in cognitive function, isolation and depression and sleep apnea. Untreated hearing loss also impacts your earning abilities. It can lead to tension in the workplace because you didn’t hear instructions right, or you misunderstood things discussed at meetings. Hearing issues can even put a strain on personal relationships, you can’t follow conversations, and your partner may think because you can’t hear them, you’re ignoring them.
Hearing loss statisticsDid you know that more than 48 million Americans are experiencing some type of hearing loss? For some this is a product of aging, but hearing loss affects all ages.
- 5% of American children, ages 6 to 19, have hearing loss because their hearing has been damaged by excessive overexposure to loud noise.
- 14% of American adults between the ages of 45 and 64 have some type of hearing loss.
- 30 to 40% of American adults over the age of 65 have some type of hearing loss.
- 50% of Americans over the age of 75 have some type of hearing loss.
Establish a BaselineAn annual hearing evaluation is a great way to set your baseline. In subsequent tests, you’ll be able to tell if there are any changes to you hearing health. Hearing tests are private, painless and more than just a series of beeps to listen to. The evaluation measures your ability to comprehend speech at soft levels and at a volume level most people find comfortable.
Ask yourself these questionsHearing loss often occurs gradually, and can be difficult to detect. But if you answer yes to two or three of these questions, you need a hearing test.
- Are you having trouble understand conversations on the telephone?
- Do you have problems with hearing in a crowded restaurant or in other environments where there is a lot of sound?
- Can you tell which direction a sound is coming from?
- Do you find it easier to understand someone or participate in a conversation if you are standing directly in front of the speaker?
- Are you asking people to repeat themselves?
- Are you turning up the television to a volume level that others find too loud?
- Have friends or loved ones said you may be having hearing difficulties?
- Are you avoiding social situations because you know there are going to be a lot of noise and you don’t want to be embarrassed by misunderstanding someone when they are talking?