Subtle changes in your ability to hear sounds can be hard to recognize because of how gradually hearing loss usually advances. Unlike children, who get regular hearing tests in school, adults rarely even think of scheduling an appointment. So why would your hearing be any less important than your eyesight?
It’s important to get routine hearing exams, here are six reasons why:
- Spotting the Signs: Potential hearing problems can be revealed by everyday situations. Ask yourself these questions: Do I frequently ask people what they said? Do I need to turn up the TV volume? Do noisy environments make conversations difficult? If you answered “yes” to the majority of these questions, it’s time for a hearing assessment.
- Following Guidelines: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends hearing screenings every decade until age 50, and every three years thereafter.
- Family History Matters: It’s even more worthwhile to call us for an appointment if hearing impairment runs in your family.
- Establishing a Baseline: Baseline hearing examinations give a reference point for future hearing examination comparisons, allowing you to monitor changes in your hearing over time.
- Early Diagnosis and Treatment: Routine hearing exams can identify problems early on, such as earwax accumulation or noise-related hearing loss, allowing for quick intervention and preventing additional damage.
- Diagnose Medical Conditions: Hearing loss can in some cases signal root medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or kidney disease. If you do have one of these disorders, treating it might help your hearing.
Neglected hearing loss can have far-reaching consequences, affecting your social life, emotional well-being, and even physical safety. Staying alert to significant sounds of your environment, enjoying social situations, and being able to fully take part in conversations, are all examples of how hearing aids can enhance your general quality of life.
Don’t miss out on important work meetings, the laughter of your grandchildren, or a loved one’s voice.
Schedule a hearing exam with us today to protect your hearing health and rediscover the sounds that enhance your life.