Getting an annual hearing test may not always be at the top of your to-do list, but it gives you the power to take control of your hearing health—and allows you peace of mind knowing that you have done everything you can to prevent or combat hearing loss.
By making hearing health evaluations part of your normal health regimen— starting with a baseline hearing testing once you reach adulthood, then on to annual hearing tests beginning at age 55—you can track your hearing over a longer stretch of time and spot hearing loss indicators before they do irreversible damage!
Hearing loss impacts all age groups
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the U.S., especially among aging populations. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.
Age isn’t the only reason to think about getting your hearing checked, though. Noise-induced hearing loss is becoming more common among younger generations. According to the WHO, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices (including smartphones) and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events. The hearing damage caused by this kind of lifestyle can have lasting, negative impacts if left untreated.
Untreated hearing loss is linked to dementia and depression
Without an annual hearing test, hearing loss usually goes undetected until it’s serious—and is often tied to other health problems. Many people wait until they experience serious communication problems to get their hearing tested—refraining for an average of 10 years after the first signs of hearing loss appears. Studies have even linked hearing loss to major health issues including depression and dementia. But taking action to treat hearing loss promptly can help reduce your risk of experiencing these conditions.
Untreated hearing loss can impact your social and emotional health
Beyond prompting health issues later, waiting too long to get your hearing tested can have immediate impacts on your social and emotional health as well. Hearing loss can get in the way of regular life quicker than you realize. You may find yourself having trouble understanding concepts at work, unable to hear your grandchildren laugh, or miss some of life’s simple sounds, like the crunch of fresh snow or a bird’s morning songs.
The earlier you assess your hearing, the easier it is to take the right action for you. Hearing evaluations are free, painless and only take a few minutes. Even if you aren’t feeling the effects of hearing loss now, take the proactive approach to your hearing health and visit a health professional for your annual hearing test today.
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