As we enter the New Year, we all probably have a long list of resolutions for ourselves. More likely than not, getting healthier is somewhere on that list. This may include incorporating a better diet, exercising more, or quitting smoking. If you’re someone that has living a healthier lifestyle on your list, why not add hearing health to your resolution?
Research shows that untreated hearing loss could potentially lead to other health concerns like social isolation, depression, and even dementia. Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, getting your ears tested is a great way to focus on your hearing health in the start of the New Year.
Learning More about Hearing Loss
Approximately 48 million Americans are impacted by some form of hearing loss. Even with such high numbers, many of us rarely ever think to get our hearing checked. Why is this? Hearing loss is often considered “invisible”, and the decline in hearing can be so gradual that we tend to not recognize the problem.
Hearing loss is also very preventable through everyday actions and by learning what is detrimental to our hearing. Sound is measured in decibels (dB) and as these units rise, the intensity of sound increases. The higher the intensity, the higher the risk of hearing loss. Anything above 85 dB can potentially damage your hearing with continued exposure. To give you a sense of what that is, everyday normal conversation is measured at 60 dB, city traffic at 85 dB, and loud rock concerts at 110 dB.
Just knowing the facts and figures of hearing loss and what may impact our overall hearing health isn’t enough, being able to gage our level of hearing early on is important in maintaining overall health.
Identifying Hearing Loss Early On
On average, it takes someone with hearing loss at least 5 to 10 years before seeking treatment. Because hearing loss is so gradual and hard to identify, we tend to neglect caring for our hearing health. Hearing health professionals suggest getting a hearing test annually if you are past the age of 60.
Hearing tests will allow audiologists to identify the signs of hearing loss, and early identification is important for your overall health. Treating hearing loss early on allows your cognitive abilities to remain strong and also mitigates the increased risk for dementia, as well as falls and accidents. As with any other health issue, early identification and intervention provides the best possible outcome to your well-being.
Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Social Life
Studies have shown that hearing loss greatly impacts our social life. We are social beings and communication is a central in building friendships, partnerships, and much more. If you find yourself struggling in everyday conversation, asking people to constantly repeat themselves, or missing important details with your partner, you may be experiencing hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss negatively affects speech recognition, which results in communication breakdowns. The longer this goes on the more you’ll experience social isolation, often leading to larger health concerns like depression and dementia. Treating hearing loss early on allows you to stay connected with your community and greatly improve your social life.
Get a Baseline Hearing Test Today
When was the last time you received a hearing test? For many of us it might have been back in elementary school. Hearing specialists recommend adults between the ages of 18 and 21 receive a baseline hearing test.
Through a baseline test, hearing specialists are able to provide a frame of reference for future hearing tests and track changes in your hearing health. The test measures your ability to understand speech both at low and normal volumes.
Contact Audio Advantage Hearing Aid Center Today
If you haven’t gotten a hearing test in a few years, now is the time. Contact Audio Advantage Hearing Aid Center today to start the New Year off on the right foot when it comes to your hearing health. Whether you’re a seasoned hearing aid user or have never set foot in a hearing health professional’s office, we will guide you through the process. We’re ready to help you recover and preserve your hearing ability with the latest techniques and technologies. Call us today to schedule an appointment.