New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Hearing Tested
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Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss. Are you one of them? The stigma surrounding hearing loss keeps 3 in 5 Americans with hearing loss from visiting a hearing health specialist, or treating their hearing loss. Don’t be part of that statistic! This New Year, look after your hearing health and improve your quality of life with a New Year’s resolution to get your hearing tested.
Facing the Stigma of Hearing Loss
Many young people are facing hearing loss, either from noisy working conditions or from noise induced hearing loss during extremely loud leisure activities. Young veterans returning from active duty often have hearing loss as well, but most young Americans don’t want to admit to having hearing loss. Why is there a stigma around hearing loss? A shocking number of people still believe that hearing loss only affects seniors, and regardless of your age, you may worry that openly talking about your hearing loss or wearing a hearing device will make you seem old.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and whether you’re in your 20s or 80s, the only thing that will make you seem old is straining to hear. If you’re not able to follow conversations, or have to ask people to repeat themselves many times over, you may seem old. Wearing a tiny device in your ear that helps you hear clearly, catch every punchline, and keep up with everything that’s been said won’t make you seem old, but will keep you young and full of energy.
When you first get hearing aids, you’ll be amazed at the whole new world of sound that’s opened up to you. Conversations will be easy, and you won’t suffer from listening fatigue, or feel embarrassed when you can’t hear what’s been said. You will, however, be sad that you’ve spent so many years missing sounds, and you’ll regret all the years you ignored your hearing loss, or put off seeking treatment.
Getting a Hearing Test
A hearing test is an easy, completely non-invasive test that will show you exactly how much hearing you’ve lost. You’ll listen to a series of sounds, at loud and soft volumes and at a range of pitches. All you have to do is indicate when you’ve heard a sound. This information will be displayed on an audiogram, a visual representation of your hearing needs.
As part of the hearing test, you’ll also discuss your health history to rule out any underlying causes of hearing loss such as an illness or injury, or a medication that could be affecting your hearing. You’ll also take some time to talk about your lifestyle, and what you want to get from a hearing device.
Choosing the Perfect Hearing Aids
After the comprehensive hearing test, it’s time to look at your hearing aid options. You’ll be able to choose from a range of styles, from behind the ear devices to nearly invisible hearing aids that sit inside the ear canal. You can also choose from a range of technology levels, depending on your hearing needs, and choose the programs you want included in your devices. This could be anything from connectivity features to speech enhancement, or the latest in automatic programming.
Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
When you’re able to hear clearly, you can enjoy a vibrant social life, and easily follow conversations. You’ll have a lower risk of anxiety and depression, and enjoy a great quality of life with clear hearing. You’ll also stay sharp as a tack, and reduce your chances of developing dementia, as well as improving your focus and concentration when performing tasks. Treating hearing loss early with a great pair of hearing aids will keep you on track at work, and you won’t be overlooked for a promotion, or risk losing your job due to poor hearing. You’ll also be safer, and can easily hear warning sounds around you, and quickly identify where sounds are coming from.
Hearing Improvement Center
Ready to do the right thing for your hearing health this year? Visit the experts at our hearing clinic to look after all your hearing health needs. From the hearing test to choosing the right devices to making sure they’re calibrated to your unique hearing loss, trust the hearing health specialists at Hearing Improvement Center and don’t let the stigma of hearing loss hold you back. Call us today to book an appointment, and make a New Year’s resolution to get your hearing tested.