It’s a new year and that means it’s time to start fresh with resolutions. If you are like countless other Americans, you will be promising yourself to eat better, go to the gym, perhaps stay connected with family by calling or visiting more, and promising to be a better friend. You schedule your annual physical, note down your dental appointments in your planner, call the optometrist, and schedule an annual hearing test at Denver Audiology.
Why a hearing test?
Hearing loss is the most common physical ailment for Americans, behind arthritis and heart disease. It affects people of all ages and, and even though people know they have hearing loss, they often wait between 5 to 15 years to have it treated! Would you wait that long to get your glasses adjusted or your blood pressure checked? If you thought you might have diabetes or heart disease, would you put those tests on the back burner? Of course not! So add a hearing test to your annual health regime.
Even if you don’t have hearing loss, tests are important to have a benchmark on your hearing health. A test doesn’t just measure if you can hear a series of beeps, it determines what frequencies you are hearing, and if you can hear at low or normal tones. Since hearing loss is gradual, getting an evaluation each year is a great idea to keep track of your hearing health.
- In the United States, 48 million people, or 20% of the population, have some degree of hearing loss. For many, hearing loss occurs as they age, but hearing loss affects all ages.
- According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 15% of school-aged children, ages 6 to 19, have some degree of hearing loss and often it is due to exposure to excessive noise. About 3 in 1,000 children in the United States are born with hearing loss in one or both ears.
- 40% of adults between the ages of 60 and 69 have hearing loss
- 50% of Americans over the age of 75 have some hearing loss.
The longer you wait to see a professional and get a hearing evaluation, the worse your hearing loss will be, so don’t wait any longer, but add an annual hearing test to your new year’s resolutions.
Are you in any of these situations?
Think about the following situations, and if you can relate to two or more, you likely have hearing loss and need to get your hearing checked.
You sometimes turn up the volume of the television louder than others find comfortable. You have had a family member mention you seem to be having trouble hearing. You find it easier to understand someone if you are facing them while they talk. You don’t always know what direction a sound is coming from. You have trouble hearing phone conversations. You can’t seem to understand speakers at lectures or conferences. It’s getting harder and harder to understand a conversation at a restaurant when there’s a lot of other action going on, and you have to ask the server to keep repeating things.
If any of these sound familiar, you’re living with untreated hearing loss. Not only does hearing loss decrease your quality of life, untreated hearing loss has been linked to many social and health issues, including sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart issues, diabetes, depression and brain shrinkage which causes early onset dementia.
Get a hearing evaluation scheduled
At Denver Audiology we are committed to your hearing health. Hearing devices are marvels of technology and they are smaller and smarter than ever before. We will help you find a model you are comfortable with and that works the best for you. There are models that fit directly into the ear canal and are invisible, and we have rechargeable models so you’ll never need to mess around with changing batteries. These devices can be adjusted by a tiny remote or with your iPhone, and our staff stands ready to answer your questions and help you get the optimum performance out of your hearing devices. Most manufacturers also have a help line and they can adjust your hearing aids remotely if needed.