Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

Once the new year rings in, many of us will take steps to enhance our health and wellness. We seem to be focusing more on preventative techniques in enhancing our general health, whether it’s by embracing a new diet or exercising more. 

At our practice, we believe you should prioritize your hearing health in the same manner that you focus on annual physicals and check-ups and semi-annual or annual cleanings for your dental health. Maintaining your hearing health is a straightforward goal that will benefit you in the long run.

When was the last time you had a hearing test? That is a question that many of us may find difficult to answer. We generally link hearing loss with loud bursts of noise, which prevents us from scheduling an annual hearing exam. Hearing loss is generally progressive, and early treatment might help avoid future health problems.

Is hearing loss a hidden problem?

Hearing loss is typically gradual, and we may not even be aware that we are suffering from it. Everyday noises impact our hearing ability, and we are often unaware of it. We frequently increase the volume on our televisions and phones without recognizing that it could be caused by hearing loss. In most cases, asking others to repeat themselves in conversation does not raise a red flag that we may be suffering from hearing loss. 

Even if you haven’t observed any signs of hearing loss, it’s still important to have your hearing checked at least once a year by a hearing healthcare specialist to assess your hearing abilities and take preventative actions before it has a detrimental influence on your life.

Treat hearing loss early this year!

People are more likely to seek a hearing health specialist or have their hearing tested if they have a noticeable hearing loss. Many people live with hearing loss for 5 to 15 years before taking action since the signs of hearing loss are so gradual. 

This has an effect not only on their hearing health but also on other areas of their health. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, a deterioration in cognitive function, social isolation, and depression in studies. 

Having your hearing tested once a year allows hearing health professionals to detect any form of hearing loss sooner rather than later, increasing your general health and well-being.

What hearing tests are available?

Baseline

Many of us have not had a hearing test since elementary school. Hearing specialists recommend that we undergo a baseline hearing test between 18 and 21 while we are young adults. If you are over the age of 21, it is strongly advised that you make an appointment.

What does a baseline hearing exam entail? The baseline test serves as a benchmark for subsequent hearing tests. Your sensitivity to noises will be tested by your ability to recognize “beeping” sounds during the test. The baseline hearing test also assesses your ability to understand speech at various volumes. Finally, a visual examination of your overall ear health is performed.

Follow up tests

You may or may not require follow-up hearing exams, depending on your baseline hearing test findings. Hearing tests should be done every year if hearing loss is detected at the start.

Your risk of hearing loss could be another follow-up indicator. Noise exposure at work and recreational activities contribute to a high chance of hearing loss. Hearing loss is more common in people over 60, so we recommend that individuals in this age group test their hearing at least once a year.

Schedule a Hearing Test with Us Today! 

It is critical to schedule an annual hearing test, regardless of experiencing hearing loss. For more information on scheduling a hearing test, contact us today! Early detection of hearing health issues provides the best treatment and prevention options, positively impacting your overall health.