Did you struggle to hear your family members at this year’s holiday gatherings? Have you found yourself saying ‘What?’ more than normal? Has your spouse repeatedly complained that the TV is too loud? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to get your hearing checked.
5 Reasons to Get a Hearing Screening in 2019
- Hearing Loss is linked to many other health issues, including Alzheimer’s and Dementia
People with hearing loss have 5x higher risk of developing Dementia and are 24% more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than their peers.1
The reason? Your ears deliver sound messages to your brain and when your ears aren’t working properly, it can actually result in changes to the way your brain is structured, which could be connected to the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.2 In addition, when you’re working harder to hear, you’re using a high amount of mental energy. The extra energy you use to hear, will give you less energy to put towards memory and other brain functions.
It’s not just Alzhemier’s and Dementia, hearing loss has also been linked to a number of other comorbidities.
- Hearing Loss can happen at any age
According to the Better Hearing Institute, only 35% of people with hearing loss are over the age of 64, meaning the majority of Americans living with hearing loss are under retirement age.3 Nearly half of that group have noise-induced hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure at work or during leisure activities.4
- Hearing loss can be hard to notice
It takes people an average of 7 to 10 years to get help for their hearing loss, in part because hearing loss can be gradual.5 With gradual hearing loss, it can be hard to notice that you have hearing loss until it becomes significant.
If you’re unsure whether you may have hearing loss, it’s a good idea to ask family members or friends if they’ve noticed a change in your hearing. It can also be good to get a hearing screening to see if you have any degree of hearing loss that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
- Hearing loss can be treated
Did you know that 95% of people with sensorineural hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids?6 Today’s hearing aids technology is more advanced than you might think. Many have Bluetooth capabilities, sound and environment settings, and are more compact and discrete than ever!
- Your Family and Friends will thank you
Your family and friends will be thankful that you’ve taken steps towards hearing better. They’ll breathe a sigh of relief that they no longer have to act as your ears. And they’ll be thrilled to enjoy the sounds of life with you once again.
Think it’s time to get your hearing checked? Schedule an appointment today!