The Importance of Hearing Evaluations
Add a Hearing Test to Your Bucket List
Most people don’t think of putting a hearing test on their bucket list. Things like cruises and skydiving over the Grand Canyon are more likely. However, a hearing test can actually help you enjoy all the other things on the list. It’s now estimated that 48-million Americans have a significant hearing loss. In fact the Hearing Loss Association (HLA) and other hearing health experts place hearing loss as the third most prevalent health issue in older adults. The problem is rising in people in their 20s and 30s, too. Still not convinced? Here are some things to think about if you’re waffling on the idea of getting a hearing screening.
- You’ll be in a better position to know what’s up. If you have an undetected hearing loss, you might be surprised to learn how much you’re missing out on. You could be missing important details on a conference call or even the punch line on a TV show. People often say they’re amazed on how much better they can follow conversations in all types of situations once they are properly tested and get the right hearing aid.
- Hearing issues affect much more than your ears. While it’s obvious that it can impact communications with others, researchers also are finding many other links, too, like cognitive functions which affect memory and reasoning. Hearing loss has also been linked to depression. Research by the Better Hearing Institute shows people who get tested and buy hearing aids tend to feel energized and get more fun out of doing things with others.
- Hearing loss may impact physical health, too. Research varies on this subject, but some studies link hearing to cardiovascular health, diabetes, accidents and falls and even sleep apnea.
It’s A Noisy World Out There
The increase in hearing issues shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s a noisy world out there. But the ripple effect that hearing loss can generate should be of concern to everyone. Whether it’s the 30-year-old who grew up wearing earbuds to listen to music or the factory worker who spent a lifetime working around noisy machinery, hearing loss is a serious issue that’s starting to cross all age groups. Consider these statistics from the HLA:
- There are 48-million Americans who have a significant hearing loss.
- 80% of them could benefit from a hearing aid but don’t wear one.
- More than 30-million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace.
- Children with even a slight hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of all classroom discussions.
- 2.3 million Veterans have hearing disabilities or are being treated for hearing-related issues.
The impact of hearing loss is widespread. At Beltone of Iowa we work with the issue every day. Even so, the statistics can be frightening. Why not come in for a FREE hearing screening? Add it to your bucket list and get peace of mind. What’s on your bucket list?
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