Most of us will get our eyesight checked once a year. So why is it so many of us neglect our hearing over other health checks? The sooner a hearing loss is detected and treated the better, yet it takes on average 7 years before people seek help. The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that around 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it the third most common health condition in the U.S.
If this isn’t enough to get you booking your next hearing assessment, we would like to share 5 reasons why you should.
- A study published in JAMA linked hearing loss with depression and dementia. NIDCD has also found links with depression. As hearing loss increases so does the risk, however treatment can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
- Untreated hearing loss may lead to social withdrawal and isolation. If you find it difficult to communicate, especially in noisy environments, it can seem easier to avoid them. With treatment, your confidence to socialize and enjoy life will return.
- You are at risk of injuries and accidents if you have untreated hearing loss. According to Professor Neil Bhattacharya at Harvard Medical School, your hearing is a “special sense with a tremendous protective role”.
- Links to serious medical conditions have been found. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that hearing loss is twice as common in those with diabetes. This means your hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.
- A hearing check is quick and painless. We will talk you through every step of the process and we will discuss your results and treatment options on the same appointment.
Talking About Hearing Loss Can Help
Don’t be afraid to talk to family and friends about your hearing loss, explain what you may need help with. For example they may be able to help you feel more included in group conversations. Likewise, if you struggle in your place of work, let your supervisor or the Human Resources department now. They may be able to help you with specialized equipment, such as a caption phone.
You may also want to consider looking for local support groups. Not only will it help demonstrate how common hearing loss and hearing aid use actually is, it may help you feel less isolated.
Regular screening of your hearing is just as important as eyesight and general health checks. If you are ready to take control over your health and hearing please call (631) 993-4719 or click here to book a consultation with the hearing care professionals at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing.
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