If you’re similar to most, you’ve likely been putting off your hearing test. You might even have had others recommend that you get one but you keep finding reasons not to go.
If so, we’re going to try to convince you to start the new year by finally getting that hearing test. As you’ll see, having your hearing tested is fast and easy, and if you do have hearing loss, correcting 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 right away.
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 set up an appointment, and having your hearing tested requires less time than it takes to shop for groceries. Rather than 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 confirms that your hearing is normal, you can tell 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 progressively, so the person impacted is in most cases not the first to notice. That means there’s a good chance your family and friends were right when they suggested 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 recovered, but hearing aids can help reverse the process and stimulate the portions of the brain involved with speech and sound processing.
5. Hearing loss may be a sign of other health issues – hearing loss is ordinarily caused by direct exposure to loud noise or by the normal aging process. But on occasion, hearing loss is a manifestation of a more dangerous underlying cardiovascular or neurological condition. In either case, your hearing health is heavily connected 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 established that increasing sound stimulation to the brain may help to keep your mind strong.
7. You can boost your mood – researchers have found a strong association between hearing loss and depression, but research also shows that individuals with hearing loss that use hearing aids have less depressive symptoms and heightened social engagement.
8. You’ll be more social and outgoing – If you do have hearing loss and can be helped by hearing aids, you might experience a difference in your social habits. Those with healthier hearing have been found to be more extroverted and less reserved in groups, which elevates both mood and physical health.
9. You’ll have better conversations – hearing loss normally impacts speech comprehension to the greatest degree, disrupting conversations. If you’re fed up with having to say “what” all of the time, it may be time for a hearing test.
10. You can make more money – a study by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that individuals with hearing loss, on average, earn $12,000 less per year when compared with those with normal hearing, based on the degree of hearing loss. However, the study also found that the use of hearing aids offset these income effects by 50 percent.
As the research continues to come in, it will only validate how integral hearing health is to our overall quality of life. So if you are concerned about your health, your relationships, and your total well-being, now is the time to take action.
So how about it? For the sake of your health and happiness and for those around you, schedule your hearing test today!