Eleven Good Reasons to Get Your Hearing Tested

Getting a hearing test is one of the ways to proactively manage your hearing health. When’s the last time you had a hearing test? Here are some very good reasons you should consider it.

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Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem for older adults in the U.S., after arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss is also very treatable — and more beneficial when treatment is started early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, here are 11 reasons why you should schedule a hearing test and find out for sure.

  1. A hearing test is painless, usually free, and should take less than an hour of your day.
  2. Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of developing dementia.
  3. Treating hearing loss early — on the other hand — is one of nine things you can do to help reduce your risk of dementia.
  4. Hearing loss may be an early warning sign or red flag for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  5. If your hearing test shows your hearing is normal, you can say “I told you so” to all the people who said you should get your hearing checked.
  6. The Mayo Clinic recommends regular, baseline hearing tests for adults.
  7. Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of falling.
  8. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids has been proven to reduce the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.
  9. Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to depression and social isolation.
  10. Hearing loss treatment is associated with delayed diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, anxiety and injurious falls.
  11. Being proactive about your hearing health today will reap immeasurable benefits tomorrow!

How to know if you should get your hearing tested

Do you ever feel like people around you are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently or struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss.

Often, our friends and family members may notice we have hearing loss before we do. We may even use them as a crutch to help fill in the blanks when we are missing parts of a conversation. Or perhaps they recognize you are having a hard time on the telephone or the volume of the TV continues to go up. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

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The best way to find out if you have a hearing loss is to get a simple hearing evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional. At Professional Hearing, we can determine not only if you have a hearing loss, but what type and how severe the loss may be. Even if no loss is detected, it’s still a great idea to have a baseline audiogram to compare to any future tests.

You can also click here to take our hearing questionnaire, which can help you determine how likely you suffer from hearing loss.

.Or contact us today and make an appointment!

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Do you ever feel like people around you are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently or struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss.