It’s the start of the New Year and what a better way to celebrate than creating some resolutions!? There are just so many resolutions that you could make to jump start your year but it’s important to remember, whatever your resolution might be to make sure you prioritize your health.
Hearing loss is the 3rd most prevalent condition affecting older adults with 20% or 48 million Americans suffering from this condition. And while hearing loss might seem like an ear problem, untreated hearing loss affects every aspect of your physical and emotional health.
Risks of untreated hearing loss
Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. A decrease in hearing sensitivity is associated with diminished cognitive function, poorer mental health, and social withdrawal. Not only that but hearing loss has been linked to:
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety;
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks;
- Reduced job performance and earning power;
- Diminished psychological and overall health;
- Increased number of falls and accidents;
- Potential decrease in cognitive skills;
- Reduced short-term memory; and
- Higher incidence of dementia.
Benefits of hearing aids
The good news is that hearing aids can help significantly in curbing the negative effects of hearing loss and the sooner you start regularly using them, the better your chances are of not developing these negative symptoms. Currently approximately 28 million Americans could benefit from using hearing aids. The challenging thing is that hearing loss comes on slow and before you know it your hearing loss is so severe that it’s hard to hear even in the best of listening conditions. Don’t wait to get to this point. Here are signs that you could benefit from a hearing test to check the status of this vital sense.
You say “WHAT?!” a lot
One of the most common warning signs that you may have hearing loss is frequently asking people to repeat themselves. It may sound as though others are always mumbling or conversations are muffled. And while you’ll certainly be affected if you can’t hear what those around you are saying, your loved ones may suffer too. This is one way that your most important relationships at work and home suffer when you are living with untreated hearing loss
Hard to hear in crowded places
Hearing loss can make it hard to hear in places with lots of background noise, such as in planes or cars, at a party, in a restaurant, and especially when there are a lot of people talking. The inability to participate socially in conversations because you can’t hear well can have severe consequences to your mental health. There is increasing evidence that there is a strong correlation between unaddressed hearing loss and cognitive decline.
You turn up the volume
If you’re frequently turning up the volume to the point that others complain about how loud it is the problem may not be with your TV or radio. This is a common warning sign of hearing loss and an indicator that you should get your hearing checked.
Missing out on everyday sounds
You may be missing out on everyday sounds everyone else is experiencing. When was the last time you heard the birds tweeting outside your window? Do you always sleep through your alarm or miss the ding of a text on your cell phone?
Trouble with the phone
Hearing loss may also make it difficult for you to hear well when talking on the phone, particularly on a cell phone or in a noisy area where there’s lots of background noise. Instead of avoiding calls with loved ones or having trouble talking on the phone with important business contacts, get a hearing test and take steps to reclaim your hearing.
New Years, new ears!
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms what a better time to have your hearing checked? Contact us at Focus Hearing to set up a hearing test. We can help you discover if you have hearing loss and at what degree it is at. We can help you find the best hearing aids for you needs and lifestyle so you can get back to the things that really matter in 2020.