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At the start of a new year, we all take the time to look back on the year that’s just ended, and resolve to do things even better in the year ahead. Many of us want to improve our health, eat better, or exercise more. Another resolution that should be at the top of your list is to get a hearing test! You’re in good company, since around 40 million Americans have hearing loss. Looking after your hearing health is imperative to your overall health and well-being, and getting hearing devices this year will be the best decision you ever made.
How Common is Hearing Loss?
According to the American Academy of Audiology, hearing loss is one of the top three most common health conditions in the US, along with heart disease and arthritis! Hearing loss affects over 50% of seniors, but also affects adults and even children. In fact, 1 in 5 teenagers has some hearing loss, according to a study from Johns Hopkins.
Unfortunately, not everyone who needs hearing aids has hearing devices, or goes for a hearing test. Only 20% of those who struggle to hear are managing their hearing loss with hearing aids. Hearing devices not only let you hear clearly; they allow you to communicate easily and focus on connecting with the people you care about the most.
Hearing Aids at Work
Do you feel like your hearing loss is impacting you at work? It most certainly is! If you’re struggling to hear at work, you aren’t working to your full potential. You may not hear instructions clearly, or have a hard time participating in meetings at work. You may even be risking the safety of yourself and your coworkers if you’re not able to hear a warning bell, or a shout from a coworker.
Wearing hearing aids at work protects your earning power. The Better Hearing Institute performed a study that showed the damaging effects of untreated hearing loss. People living with untreated hearing loss earn, on average, $30,000 less per year than those who wear hearing aids! Hearing devices increase your earning power, help you maintain your position as a trusted team member, and secure you a raise. With hearing aids, you’ll be less likely to face negative job reviews, or risk losing your job due to a costly mistake.
Hearing Aids and Your Brain
Not only do hearing aids help you hear clearly at work, and protect your earning power, they’re also good for your brain. A number of studies have linked hearing loss and rapid cognitive decline, and those with hearing loss often perform poorly on cognitive tests. Living with hearing loss can lead to a loss of brain cells, and without hearing aids the atrophy in the auditory areas of your brain will speed up, making it increasingly difficult to follow speech.
Wearing hearing aids keeps these brain cells active and healthy, and you’ll easily hear all the sounds around you. You’ll be able to follow conversations in the most challenging listening environments, and outshine your peers on cognitive tests. You’ll also lower your risk of developing dementia, and keep your brain healthy as you age.
Tinnitus is very common, and roughly 50 million Americans complain about an annoying ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in their hears. These noises don’t come from your surroundings, but originate in your ears. Tinnitus ranges from mild to severe, and it can be anything from a mild discomfort to a terrible condition that prevents you from concentrating on tasks, following conversations, or getting a good sleep. Those with tinnitus often complain of increased moodiness and irritability, and tinnitus and hearing loss often appear together.
Hearing aids will help manage your tinnitus by restoring your full range of sound, so you won’t experience tinnitus as frequently. Many of today’s hearing aids also have built-in tinnitus therapy programs, such as sound masking, to give you relief from these frustrating sounds.
Hearing Health in Portland
Are you convinced? Adding an annual hearing test to your New Year’s resolutions can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing, and monitoring your hearing health will keep you healthy for years to come. Call us today at Hearing Health in Portland to book your first hearing test, and discover everything there is to know about your hearing.