Did you know that the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were to get healthy, get organized, and to enjoy life to the fullest?
If you’re making a health-related resolution for the 2018, 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.
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition (after heart disease and diabetes) in adults! Incorporating an annual hearing test into your health care routine will be a big step toward that resolution for improving your overall health and wellness.
Here are some of the best reasons for incorporating a hearing exam into your 2018 wellness resolution:
1 – Identifying Hearing Loss Early Brings Many Health Benefits
Hearing loss is a very gradual process. By the time a significant loss is perceived, the loss has likely existed for as long as 5-10 years! For this reason, hearing health care professionals recommend baseline hearing tests for adults starting around age 55.
By tracking your hearing abilities over the years, you will be better equipped to notice the signs of hearing loss. Identifying hearing loss early brings many benefits to your overall health and well-being. The sooner you treat your hearing loss with properly fitted hearing instruments, the better chance you have for a successful experience. Untreated hearing loss brings an increased risk for dementia, as well as increasing your risk for falls and accidents.
Treating hearing loss early on will also ensure that your cognitive abilities stay strong.
Like any other health care issue, early intervention always provides the best possible outcome.
2 – Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Earning Power
Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss tend to earn less than their colleagues with normal hearing and colleagues who treat their hearing loss with hearing aids.
Untreated hearing loss leads to miscommunication in the workplace and interferes with your productivity, concentration, and memory. When your brain is working overtime to fill in the gaps of unclear sound signals, your cognitive abilities are exhausted.
Annual hearing exams allow you to monitor your hearing abilities. Treating your hearing loss with properly prescribed hearing instruments when needed will improve your overall performance on the job.
3 – Early Detection of Hearing Loss is Good for Your Social Life
Don’t let hearing loss interfere with your most important relationships!
Humans are social creatures, and we all enjoy time spent with family and friends. Untreated hearing loss will interfere with good speech recognition, which ultimately leads to a breakdowns in communication in the form of frequently needed repetitions and misunderstandings. Untreated hearing loss has also been strongly associated with higher levels of stress, depression, and anxiety all of which lead to social withdrawal.
By identifying and treating your hearing loss early, you are able to stay well connected with your friends and loved ones!
The Audiologists at Sight MD Hearing Services are available to provide a full hearing exam and assessment of your hearing healthcare needs. To schedule an appointment in one of our several locations, please call 1-855-295-4144.