10 Good Reasons to Have Your Hearing Checked
Hearing loss is the third-most common health problem in the U.S. In fact, 20% of the population (48 million people, of all ages) experience some degree of hearing loss!
The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that almost 29 million Americans (age 20-69) could benefit from using hearing aids. This is a surprise since only about 16% actually ever use the devices and the average age of first time hearing aid users is 70.
The cost of hearing loss
Hearing loss has a massive financial impact on our lives. The Better Hearing Institute estimates hearing loss negatively impacts households an average of $12,000 dollars per year. This number could easily be cut in half with the use of hearing aids. The total impact of hearing loss approaches $100 billion dollars per year.
When it comes to our health, hearing is important but often neglected. We just don’t spend as much time addressing our ear health as we should. Our ears are sensitive, and hearing loss can be irreversible. Early detection and intervention is vital to quality ear health and is especially important with hearing loss. Visiting your audiologist is the best way to get the proper care you and your ears deserve.
10 reasons to get your hearing checked
- Testing is painless and easy – A history and physical exam of your ears doesn’t take long, and it is painless.
- Early detection is vital – Catching hearing issues early gives you a chance to act and prevent progression or possibly solve your issue.
- Establishing a baseline – This is a great way to have a test to compare to as you age.
- General Health – Hearing affects many areas of your health. Mental and physical health depend on your hearing. Social interaction, work, school, sport performance can all be impacted. An examination of your ears and hearing covers more than just a single area.
- Hearing difficulty – If you have to turn up the volume, or can’t seem to hear people speaking, it may be time to have your hearing checked.
- Dementia – Untreated hearing loss increases your chances of developing dementia.
- Falls – Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of falls and fractures.
- Cognitive decline – The use of hearing aids is proven to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
- Mental Health – Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to social isolation and depression.
- Better Life – Treating hearing loss head on is a powerful statement that you care about your health and quality of life.
Visit your audiologist today and take control of your ears, so you can live a happier, healthier life.