If you’re like most, you’ve likely been postponing your hearing test. You might even have had others suggest that you get one but you keep coming up with excuses not to go.
If so, we’re going to attempt to persuade you to start the new year by finally getting that hearing test. As you’ll discover, having your hearing tested is fast and easy, and if you do have hearing loss, addressing it does wonders for your health and happiness—not to mention it gets everyone off your back.
So here’s our case for why you should book a hearing test as soon as possible.
Our top 10 reasons to get your hearing tested are:
1. The hearing test is painless and takes under an hour – it’s simple to book an appointment, and having your hearing tested takes less time than it takes to go shopping for groceries. Instead of having it habitually in the back of your mind, call today and get it over with.
2. If your hearing is normal you can rub it in – if the hearing test certifies that your hearing is normal, you can inform your friends and family members that they really ARE mumbling.
3. You may, in fact, have hearing loss and not realize it – hearing loss develops slowly, so the person afflicted is almost always not the first to notice. That means there’s a good chance your loved ones were right when they recommended that you get a hearing test in the first place.
4. Hearing loss becomes worse over time and is best treated early – the hearing you lose cannot be fully restored, but hearing aids can help reverse the process and stimulate the parts of the brain involved in sound and speech processing.
5. Hearing loss may be a sign of other health issues – hearing loss is commonly caused by exposure to loud noise or by the normal aging process. But occasionally, hearing loss is a manifestation of a more dangerous underlying cardiovascular or neurological condition. In either case, your hearing health is deeply linked to your total well-being.
6. You can preserve and improve your mind and memory – recent studies by Johns Hopkins University have linked hearing loss to cognitive decline, memory problems, and even dementia. But a recent study has also demonstrated that enhancing sound stimulation to the brain may help to keep your mind strong.
7. You can enhance your mood – researchers have discovered a strong connection between hearing loss and depression, but research also demonstrates that individuals with hearing loss that use hearing aids have less depressive symptoms and heightened social engagement.
8. You’ll be more outgoing and social – If you do have hearing loss and can be helped by hearing aids, you may observe a change in your social habits. Those with better hearing tend to be more outgoing and less restrained in groups, which improves both mood and physical health.
9. You’ll have better conversations – hearing loss typically affects speech comprehension to the greatest degree, interfering with conversations. If you’re tired of having to say “what” all of the time, it might be time for a hearing test.
10. You can make more money – a study by the Better Hearing Institute found that those with hearing loss, on average, earn $12,000 less per year compared to those with normal hearing, depending on the degree of hearing loss. However, the study also found that the use of hearing aids canceled out these income effects by 50 percent.
As the research continues to come in, it will only validate how vital hearing health is to our total quality of life. So if you care about your health, your relationships, and your total well-being, this is the time to take action.
So how about it? For the benefit of your health and happiness and for those around you, arrange your hearing test today!