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The New Year’s ball has dropped again and that means it’s time to take an inventory of our goals, dreams and intentions for this upcoming year. It’s a time to truly explore what we would like to achieve this year and how to get there. Perhaps you have noticed this holiday season that it was hard to hear in a noisy environment. Did you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? These may be signs of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is often something gradual. It can sneak up on you before you realize it, and start to affect your life in very serious negative ways. Untreated hearing loss can cause a dip in earning power and create tension in workplace relationships. Your personal relationships may also suffer if hearing loss goes untreated, as communication with your loved ones will likely be strained and this will lead to frustration. Taking early action to address your hearing loss can make all the difference.
Do Not Hesitate!
If you suspect you have hearing loss, do not put off going to a hearing health professional. You need to monitor your hearing health and be alerted to any changes that might occur. Even if you haven’t noticed any signs of hearing loss thus far, it’s still important to get your hearing tested by a hearing health professional once a year. That way, if you start to lose some of your hearing ability, you’ll be ready to address it so that it can’t negatively affect your life.
Your hearing may seem fine, but if there is any doubt in your mind, why delay getting treatment and improving your quality of life? By the time most people notice their hearing loss on their own, the extent of that loss is already quite advanced.
Be in Charge of Your Hearing Health
It’s worth noting that your hearing health professional isn’t the only one who can monitor your hearing ability. You should also be on the lookout for any signs of hearing loss that may occur in your daily life. Many situations can serve as indications that you might have hearing loss or another hearing condition. You may have trouble hearing while on the phone or in noisy environments. You may find yourself straining to hear people in conversations or find yourself asking people to repeat themselves. Perhaps you sometimes withdraw from social settings to avoid conversational embarrassment, or someone has mentioned to you that you may have an issue with hearing.
Don’t let these occurrences deter you from having a healthy and happy new year! These problems can be addressed with proper treatment from a hearing health professional.
How Untreated Hearing Loss Affects Your Health and Happiness
Although many people don’t want to believe it, chances are high that there will be some sort of change in your hearing health over time. People of any age can experience hearing loss, whether from excessive noise levels at concerts, sporting events, work environments, or simply as a result of getting older. Consider these statistics:
- 12.5% of American children between the ages of 6 and 19 have had their hearing permanently damaged from overexposure to loud noise.
- 14% of American adults between the ages of 45 and 64 have some type of hearing loss.
- 30-40% American adults over the age of 65 have some type of hearing loss.
- 50% of American adults over the age of 75 have some type of hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss should not be taken lightly. In most situations, the longer you wait to see a professional, the worse your hearing will get. It’s also been linked to many different health concerns like heart disease, dementia, depression, sleep apnea, and brain shrinkage.
Treating Hearing Loss
The use of hearing aids has been shown to improve brain function, combat professional and personal setbacks, and improve your overall quality of life. The sooner you can identify your hearing difficulties, the sooner you can take action and find the right solution for you. The sooner you find that solution, the less time you’ll spend isolated, disconnected, and at risk for other health concerns.
Annual hearing exams can give you peace of mind, knowing that you’re doing everything you possibly can to take care of your hearing health and maintain your quality of life into the next year and beyond, so call us today at Hearing Health to book a hearing test.