When was the last time you had your hearing checked? For many of us, the last time anyone tested our hearing was in high school. Our lives are full of so many noises, from busy offices to loud construction sites to traffic noise or our intense workout playlist, and we place a lot of strain on our ears without ever thinking about it, or testing our hearing.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Have you been straining to hear in conversations, or struggle to understand what’s been said? Do you ask people to repeat themselves far more often than you used to, or find that you’ve been turning up the volume on the TV a bit more each week? These are all common signs of hearing loss, and if you’ve noticed any changes in your hearing, book a hearing test as soon as possible.
Hearing Loss Statistics
You make think you’re alone, but stats show that millions of Americans are struggling to hear, even though many choose to live with their hearing loss rather than seeking treatment.
- 5% of school aged children have experienced permanent hearing loss due exposure to excessive noise levels.
- 14% of adults age 45-64 have hearing loss.
- 30 to 40% of seniors over the age of 65 have hearing loss.
- 50% of seniors over the age of 75 struggle to hear.
Untreated hearing loss is more than an inconvenience, but can cause major communication barriers, drive a wedge between you and your loved ones, increase your risk of dementia and depression, and affect other aspects of your health, such as sleep, weight, and brain function.
Haven’t noticed any changes in your hearing, but still want to do the right thing for your hearing health? The truth is that even if you haven’t noticed any of the signs of hearing loss, you may still be struggling to hear. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and because the daily changes are so small, you might not realize your hearing has deteriorated until months later.
If you want to check up on your hearing, but don’t think you need a comprehensive hearing test, you can perform a baseline hearing test, either with your hearing health specialist or family physician. This test will play a series of beeps both at a soft volume and at a normal volume. You’ll indicate if you’ve heard the beep, and if you pass the test, you can rest assured knowing that you’re hearing all the sounds around you.
Are you under the age of 50? Get your hearing checked once every few years to make sure your hearing hasn’t changed, and visit a hearing health specialist the moment your hearing abilities change. If you’re over 50, its strongly recommended that you test your hearing every year, so you can monitor your hearing health, and ensure your ears are picking up on all the sounds around you.
An Annual Hearing Test
If the baseline test shows that you’re struggling to hear certain sounds, it’s time to book a hearing test. During the hearing test you’ll discuss your hearing health history as well as your medical history, so your hearing health specialist will be able to pinpoint the cause of your hearing loss. They will also visually inspect your ears, looking for signs of injury, infection, a build up of wax, or anything else that could be affecting your hearing.
During the hearing test, you’ll listen to a series of tones, and all you’ll need to do is indicate when you’ve heard a sound. Your results will be graphed on an audiogram, and you’ll be able to see which sounds are outside of your current hearing range.
Treating Hearing Loss
Based on the results of the test, your hearing health professional will recommend the hearing devices that will match your hearing loss, as well as help you in the areas you need the most assistance, whether that’s at home, at the office, or out with friends for drinks. Call us today at Hearing Health, and let us help you take the first step towards clear hearing. Start the year off right with an annual hearing test, and look forward to a new year filled with all the sounds you’ve been missing.