Age-related hearing loss is a natural part of the ageing process, it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
According to Mayo Clinic, after you’re 55, the likelihood of suffering from hearing loss is 1 in 4. This likelihood increases to 1 in 2 after your 65th birthday.
Putting off a hearing test is only hurting your chances to continue living your happy and healthy lifestyle.
Chronic noise and aging can both be factors to hearing loss, so even if you’re under 55, it is still important to get your hearing checked. If you recognise that it’s becoming harder to hear things you’re used to, it may be age-related, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it – with hearing, early intervention is key and so the best time to take action is now.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect by having your hearing tested:
- Saving of thousands of dollars. Untreated hearing loss can cost you when it comes to your earning power at work. People with partial or total hearing loss often leads to unproductive work due to flow-on effects, which can include depression, fatigue and other mental health disorders leading them to become jobless according to Access Australia.
- Early detection. If you suffer from unexplained hearing loss, especially if you’re under the age of 55, then it could be connected to a more serious health issue. People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss. In addition, the correlation between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease is quite high. With diabetes and cardiovascular disease both listed in the 10 leading causes of death, you owe it to yourself to get your hearing checked.
- Deter Dementia. According to Dementia Australia, research suggests that people with mild symptoms of hearing loss may be twice as likely to develop dementia as those with healthy hearing. Experts believe that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can both slow the loss of brain tissue and also prevent cognitive decline.
- Improving your learning power. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve learning power. In fact, an EHS Today study showed that people who have untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in annual income.
- Enjoy a better connection with your loved ones. A 2009 British study revealed that out of 1,500 people surveyed with hearing loss, 44 percent reported that their hearing loss had caused relationships with their partner, friends or family to suffer. And 34 percent reported the breakdown in communication had actually brought about the loss of relationships, including marriages.
People with untreated hearing loss sometimes choose to isolate themselves from social situations, which can hurt relationships with others and create distance.
A Hearing Test Is Quick and Easy
- A hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour.With all of the potential risks that a hearing test can detect and help prevent, there’s no reason not to get your hearing checked out.
If the results from your hearing test come back underwhelming, there are plenty of ways to get your hearing back on track so your lifestyle doesn’t suffer, emotionally, financially or mentally…
If you’re in the Toowong (Brisbane) region, contact us today about getting a comprehensive hearing test, and if you’re a pensioner, you may be entitled to a FREE HEARING TEST – call 1300 060 455 and speak to Karen or Jim!