Did you know that the top three New Year’s resolutions (in 2015) were to stay fit and healthy (37%), lose weight (32%), and enjoy life to the fullest (28%)? According to a Nielsen survey, “Health and wellness are the top priorities for US consumers.” (nielsen.com)
If you’re making a health-related resolution for the new year, consider adding “take a hearing test” to the list. While hearing health tends to fly under the radar, our hearing actually plays a huge role in our overall health and well-being.
With hearing loss as the third most common medical condition (after heart disease and diabetes), incorporating an annual hearing test in your health routine will be a big step toward that resolution for improving your health and wellness. Here are a couple great reasons to take a hearing test in the new year!
Identifying Hearing Loss Early Brings Many Benefits
Hearing specialists nationwide, as well as The Mayo Clinic, recommend baseline hearing tests for adults. If you’ve never had one before, now’s the time! By tracking your hearing abilities over the years, we will be better equipped to notice if there are signs of hearing loss.
Identifying hearing loss early brings many benefits to your overall health and well-being. Untreated hearing loss brings a risk for dementia, as well as increasing your chances for falls and accidents. Treating hearing loss early on will ensure that your cognitive abilities stay strong.
Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Earning Power
Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss tend to earn less than colleagues with normal hearing/colleagues who treat hearing loss with hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss could lead to miscommunication in the workplace, and also interfere with productivity, concentration, and memory. When your brain is working overtime to fill in the gaps of unclear sound signals, your cognitive abilities will be exhausted.
An annual hearing test allows us to monitor your hearing abilities, especially if you are exposed to high levels of workplace noise. The prescription of a hearing aid will improve your experience on the job.
Early Detection of Hearing Loss is Good for Your Social Life
Humans are social creatures, and we all have some degree of support from our friends, loved ones, and communities. Untreated hearing loss could interfere with speech recognition, which could lead to a breakdown in communication. Folks with untreated hearing loss have been found to experience higher levels of stress, depression, and anxiety, and eventually withdraw socially. This social withdrawal will lead to isolation, which only increases depression and anxiety.
By identifying hearing loss early, and being fitted for hearing aids, we are able to stay in the loop with our friends and loved ones. Most hearing aids offer streaming options, which allow you to stream phone calls directly to your ears! Don’t let hearing loss interfere with your most important relationships.
Identifying Hearing Loss Could Also Identify Related Medical Conditions
Hearing loss has a number of comorbidities, or related medical conditions. Some forms of hearing loss may be caused due to certain classes of medication or cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure. On the other hand, it might be something as simple as impacted earwax. By taking a hearing test, you’re committing to improving your overall health.
Our auditory system is also intricately linked to our vestibular system, the system that helps us maintain our balance. Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss are at higher risk for hospitalization, due to falls and accidents. Aside from these incidents, untreated hearing loss could lead to personal hazards by missing important sounds – such as the honk of a car horn or the fire alarm downstairs.
Hearing tests identify your current hearing abilities and let us know if you need hearing aids. The prescription of hearing aids and the incorporation of them into your daily life go a long way to ensuring your overall health and well-being.
A Hearing Test is Quick and Painless!
If you like crossing something off your to-do list, taking your annual hearing test will be an easy way to give you a sense of accomplishment in the new year. Hearing tests usually take less than an hour, and require very little effort on your part. Here at Greentree Audiology, we guide you through all of the steps of this noninvasive process, and at the end we’ll go over your results with you.
Ready to schedule a hearing test in the new year? Give us a call at Greentree Audiology today!