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The holiday season can be a difficult time for those with hearing loss. For example, in loud and busy environments like holiday parties or shopping malls, it can be difficult for those with hearing loss to hear and understand others. This can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration.
One way to help manage hearing loss during the holiday season and throughout the year is to get an annual hearing test. This can help identify any changes in hearing and allow individuals to take steps to manage their hearing loss.
Knowledge is power
Just like staying on top of our physical health by exercising and eating well, staying on top of our hearing health is an achievable and worthwhile goal. Regular monitoring of hearing, through annual hearing tests or check-ups, is important because hearing loss can occur gradually and may not be noticeable until it has progressed.
Regular monitoring of hearing is similar to other health metrics that we track, such as blood pressure or cholesterol levels. By regularly checking our hearing, we can identify any changes and take steps to manage them.
Early treatment of hearing loss is important because it can help prevent further decline in hearing and reduce the impact of hearing loss on daily life. Treatment options for hearing loss include hearing aids and other assistive devices, as well as communication strategies and support from hearing health professionals.
A frequently ignored problem
Hearing loss is a common condition that affects millions of people in the United States. However, it is often undertreated and underdiagnosed. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of adults in the United States (37.5 million people) have some degree of hearing loss. However, only one in five of these individuals (20%) have ever received treatment for their hearing loss.
In addition, many individuals with hearing loss are not aware that they have the condition. The NIDCD estimates that only about 20% of adults with hearing loss have ever received a formal diagnosis from a healthcare professional. This means that there are millions of people in the United States who are living with untreated hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. It can lead to social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline. It can also make it difficult for individuals to communicate with others, participate in activities, and maintain their overall health and well-being.
Three explanations for why you might be putting of treating your hearing loss
You’re afraid of what the results are. This can be a scary thought, but it’s important to remember that just because you have hearing loss does not mean that your life is over. In fact, it’s like finding out that you need glasses – once you get the right treatment, you will be able to hear clearly again and enjoy all the sounds of life.
You’re nervous about what goes on during the test. You might be afraid that it will be painful or uncomfortable, but this is not the case. In fact, the test is quick, painless, and non-invasive. It’s like getting your blood pressure checked – it’s over before you know it, and it’s important for your health.
You have cost concerns. You might be afraid that you won’t be able to afford the treatment if you need it. It’s true that hearing aids are an investment but they will definitely be cheaper than the long-term health implications of untreated hearing loss. It’s like going to the dentist – you might not like the idea of spending money on it, but it’s important for your overall health and well-being.
Kickstart your 2023 with a hearing test!
So, now that you know that getting your hearing tested is quick, painless, and important for your health, why not make it a resolution for the new year? After all, the new year is a great time to start fresh and take care of yourself. Plus, as the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Don’t wait until your hearing loss becomes a problem – get your hearing tested in the new year and take control of your hearing health.