Yearly physicals, eye appointments and teeth cleanings are built into our schedules, yet hearing tests are often overlooked. Like most medical conditions, the best outcomes for those with hearing loss require early intervention. Below is a breakdown of why you should incorporate regular hearing checkups into your routine.
The Danger of Untreated Hearing Loss
Getting a regular hearing test ensures if you do have a hearing loss, your doctor can detect it early. This can help you avoid living with untreated hearing loss, which can affect your mental, physical and emotional health.
According to a study conducted at John Hopkins, older adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering, compared to adults with normal hearing. Another study also out of John Hopkins connected untreated hearing loss with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to increased risk of hospitalizations, depression and falls.
Hearing Better Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Getting a hearing test ensures that if hearing loss is identified it can be treated. Being able to hear means you can once again be part of the conversation. This can help strengthen your relationships with friends and family while also improving your hobbies, such as seeing your favorite band at Neumos.
Being able to hear can also keep you safe, as you will be able to hear your surroundings and any alarms that are going off.
Getting a Hearing Test Is Easier than You Think
If you are not yet ready to make an appointment for a full hearing exam, consider taking a hearing screening. You can take our simple online hearing quiz or find a screening online. The results of this screening will let you know if you should make an appointment with an expert for an audiologic evaluation.
An audiologic evaluation is a series of tests used to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. You may be given any or all of the following tests:
- Pure tone testing.
- Bone conduction testing.
- Speech testing.
- Acoustic reflex testing.
To learn more about the benefits of getting a hearing test or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Hearing Advancement Center today.