It’s likely that you’ve made some resolutions for the new year. Whether you’ve decided to seek more family time, increase your income, or start a new diet, the new year is a great time to take control and make positive changes in your life.
Perhaps this is the time to address an aspect of your health that’s often overlooked: your hearing health!
Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. (Masterson 2012), and early detection is essential in seeking treatment and preventing further progression.
Symptoms of hearing loss that are often overlooked include:
Echoed Hearing: Your hearing is muffled or you hear echoes, which likely are the result of an infection or blockage in your ear. You may find that you can hear your breathing, pulse, or heartbeat.
Trouble Hearing Consonants: Also known as high-frequency hearing loss, this symptom can be noticed when you have found it hard to pick up h, s, or f sounds. This symptom will most likely appear during a phone conversation, while watching television, or in noisy situations.
Lip Reading Rather Than Eye Contact: When a bodily function isn’t working properly, the brain uses alternative senses to make up for it (ie, eyesight). When you have difficulty hearing, you make an unconscious effort to watch people’s lips instead of maintaining eye contact.
You Think You Are Losing Your Hearing: It’s normal to think you are losing your hearing ability, probably when you are noticing difficulty hearing daily speech, which is an important part of social integration.
By getting tested, you will understand your exact hearing health, the cause, and the best way to get your hearing back to its very best.
With this in mind, here are some reasons to get your hearing tested:
Avoid Depression: There is a measured link between depression and hearing loss. Losing your hearing ability can result in depression due to inability to hear things happening around you, such as hearing your children or grandchildren play.
Overall Health: There are a multitude of other health conditions related to your hearing ability. By getting your hearing tested, you are not solely checking your ability to understand speech but also taking the first step to uncovering any hidden health conditions.
Peace of Mind: Taking care of all parts of your body is an important part of your self care regimen. In order to live your happiest and most fulfilling life, it is important to stay on top of your medical health, hearing included.
Hearing loss hurts your overall health and can affect your ability to integrate effectively within society or in any social gathering. So, it is safe to say that your hearing ability plays a huge role in ensuring a good year.
We encourage you to seek a hearing test as a part of your new year’s resolutions. It’s quick, painless, and will give you important insight into your own health. Take control of your hearing health and schedule a free consultation today with the experts at New Generation Hearing Centers.