Make A Hearing Assessment Your New Year’s Resolution
Did you know that an estimated 38% of Americans plan to make a New Year’s resolution? Getting more active, saving more, and health are all common resolutions.
Unfortunately, sticking to a New Year’s resolution often proves far more difficult than setting them in the first place. Setting a realistic, achievable resolution is often the best way to success.
New Year's Resolution: Get A Hearing Assessment
If you’ve been having trouble hearing, you should consider making a hearing assessment your New Year’s resolution. It’s quick and painless, and looking after your hearing has many benefits.
Why Do I Need A Hearing Assessment?
Many of us will visit the doctor or dentist on an annual basis. But when it comes to our hearing healthcare, many of us will not have regular hearing assessments. Sometimes hearing loss is considered a ‘normal’ part of the aging process. Othertimes, the stigma of a hearing impairment will stop people seeking treatment.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) over 18 years old report some difficulty hearing. Furthermore, up to 28.8 million could benefit from using a hearing aid(s).
A hearing assessment is a quick and painless way to establish what your baseline hearing is. If you are experiencing a hearing loss, it’s also the first step on the road to managing it. Better hearing is one of the most obvious benefits to treating a hearing loss. You may be surprised to know that it can also have wider reaching benefits on your overall wellbeing.
How Can Treating Hearing Loss Help My Health?
It can be difficult to acknowledge that you may need to book in a hearing assessment. Treating your hearing loss can benefit your overall health in a variety of surprising ways.
- It can help your mental health - A diagnosis of hearing loss can leave you feeling alone and isolated. We’re here to reassure you that you most certainly are not alone. A report released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) found that seniors with untreated hearing loss report higher levels of social isolation. Fortunately, the evidence indicates that using hearing aids help to minimize these risks.
- It can help reduce anxiety - A review published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology showed that people with a hearing impairment were more likely to report levels of anxiety.
- Reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease - When it comes to hear, our ears and our brains are intimately connected. Untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase risks of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that treating and preventing hearing loss can help to ward off cognitive decline.
- Lessen symptoms of tinnitus - Tinnitus, sometimes referred to as ringing in the ears, can manifest as a buzzing, ringing, humming or clicking sound. Although you can hear it, it’s a sound not produced by an external source. Sensorineural hearing loss is a common cause of tinnitus. Treating the underlying hearing impairment can therefore help ease tinnitus symptoms.
Don’t Struggle Any Longer
Taking care of your hearing health can benefit your overall physical health. You know what to do! Make your New Year’s Resolution to get a hearing assessment. If you’re ready to book an appointment with the hearing healthcare professionals at Hearing Balance & Speech Center, call us on 1-800-HEAR-IT-1. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.