Ready to start your January off on the right foot? Taking an annual hearing test at the start of each year is a great way to keep your New Year’s resolutions to be more healthy. Do you only visit the doctor when you have an emergency, or do you have an annual medical check-up to make sure you’re in good health? You should treat your hearing health the same way. Annual testing sets a baseline for your hearing health, and your hearing specialist or audiologist will be able to detect any subtle changes in your hearing health, and notice the first signs of hearing loss.
Gradual Hearing Loss
One on the biggest reasons to test your hearing regularly is because hearing loss is often a gradual process. If you have a sudden shift in your hearing abilities, you’re likely to book a hearing test immediately to find out what happened. But, if like many people, your hearing loss is gradual, you may not notice the subtle shifts in your hearing. Has your family been complaining that you don’t hear as well as you used to, or that you’ve been turning up the TV volume too loud? They will often notice changes in your hearing before you will, since your ears and brain are able to make adjustments to the small day to day changes in your hearing abilities. That’s why it’s so important to get annual hearing tests to you catch your hearing loss as soon as possible.
Living with Untreated Hearing Loss
By the time you notice changes in your hearing abilities on your own, your hearing loss will likely be quite advanced, and your quality of life is being affected in profound ways. If you’ve been living with untreated hearing loss, you will experience a lot of negative health outcomes, as well as struggle in your personal and professional life.
Those with untreated hearing loss have higher rates of insomnia, and reduced cognitive function. They’re more likely to suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as struggle with heart conditions or diabetes.
Living with untreated hearing loss also affects your relationships, and you’re more likely to experience social isolation and depression as your inability to communicate affectively will drive a wedge between you and the ones you love the most. Those living with untreated hearing loss also risk their careers, and often experience dips in earning power, are overlooked for promotions, or have problems communicating at work.
The longer you wait to treat your hearing loss the more difficulties you’ll have. Getting annual hearing tests will insure that you’ll notice your hearing loss right away, and you’ll be able to treat your hearing loss before your quality of life is affected.
Noticing the Signs of Hearing Loss
Along with your annual hearing test, be sure to visit your audiologist if you notice any of the signs of hearing loss. Common signs of hearing loss include problems following conversations in places with a lot of background noise, or in large groups of people. Have you been struggling to hear on the phone, or frequently ask people to repeat themselves? Do you feel as if everyone around you is mumbling, or that voices seem muffled? Many people with hearing loss start to withdraw from social situations to avoid embarrassment. They’re worried about their hearing abilities, and don’t want to risk answering a question inappropriately if they misheard what was said.
These are all clear signs of hearing loss. If you’re exhausted by the end of the day, feel like you’ve been straining to hear during conversations or meetings at the office, and notice that your relationship with your family is suffering, you need to get your hearing tested.
Active Hearing & Audiology
At Active Hearing & Audiology, your hearing health is our top priority. Start the new year off right with an annual hearing test, and find out what quality hearing devices can do for you. Hearing aids improve communication, increase brain function, and keep you active in the community. Taking charge of your hearing health will improve your quality of life, and restore relationships. Don’t wait, but book your annual hearing test today, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with looking after your health.