Start Your New Year with Better Hearing!

In Hearing Health by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

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The New Year is a great time to reset and commit to positive changes. This is especially useful considering that 2021 was a particularly challenging year for many people. Taking the time to reflect and also set goals is a refreshing way to kick off the New Year. Health-centered goals are usually at the top of many New Year’s resolutions lists with intentions around diet and exercise being incredibly common. But hearing is also integral to overall health and daily wellness. Prioritizing your hearing health offers numerous benefits and starts with a simple step: scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. 

 

Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss 

Hearing is deeply connected with other aspects of health and wellness. It is a critical function we depend on to communicate, make sense of our surroundings, and navigate daily life. When hearing is impaired, it has multifaceted effects: strained communication, social withdrawal,  tense relationships, and health decline. The treatment alleviates symptoms and the cumulative toll untreated hearing loss often has. Major benefits include the following: 

  • Improves Physical and Mental Health. Untreated hearing loss is connected with other health conditions. Research shows that it can increase the risk of experiencing other health issues like cognitive decline, accidental injuries, and depressive symptoms. Treatment lowers this risk and improves mental and physical health by providing the auditory system with critical support. This maximizes hearing capacity which helps strengthen cognitive functions related to hearing and processing information. Not only is brain health enhanced but also mental health. Being able to fully participate in conversations contributes to a greater sense of independence, confidence, and improves relationships which boost mental health. 
  • Strengthens Relationships. Communication is foundational for relationships. Untreated hearing loss can make effective communication challenging which leads to frustration and tension in relationships. Hearing aids, the most common treatment for hearing loss, maximize hearing capacity which enables people to better hear and communicate. This supports people spending quality time, engaging in meaningful conversations, and sharing intimacy which improves relationships. 
  • Enriches Social Life. Hearing aids also support an active social life. They help people navigate social environments and activities with increased ability to hear and fully engage. This addresses social withdrawal which is a major effect of untreated hearing loss. An enriched social life nurtures social connections and builds as well as sustains community. This enlivens life and improves health as well as wellness.  

 

Recognizing Symptoms Early 

It is important to be able to identify signs of hearing loss. Early intervention can prevent impairment from deepening and can support the transition into better hearing more effectively. Common symptoms of hearing loss include: 

  • Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears” describes hearing a specific sound in one or both ears when no actual sound is present in the environment. This sound is often described as a buzzing, ringing, or whistling-like noise. 
  • Increasing the volume on the television and/or other electronic devices. 
  • Sounds are distorted, muffled, or slurred making it difficult to hear clearly and identify individual words. 
  • Frequently asking others to speak louder, slower, or repeat something they’ve said. 
  • Difficulty hearing in environments with background noise. 
  • Missing words or parts of a conversation, conversations are difficult to fully follow. 

 

Depending on the degree of hearing impairment present, these symptoms can be experienced mildly to severely. This can prevent effective communication, making conversations difficult to navigate. If any of these symptoms seem familiar, it is all the more important to have your hearing assessed soon. 

 

Prioritize Your Hearing Health 

Committing to your hearing health starts with the simple step of scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. Hearing tests thoroughly evaluate hearing ability in both ears. If your hearing is not impaired, these results are useful because they establish a baseline of your hearing which is useful to know. This makes it easier to identify any potential changes to your hearing health in the future. If you do have any degree of hearing loss, your results inform effective treatment options. 

 

The New Year is a great time to take an inventory of your health. Start today by calling us to schedule an appointment for a hearing consultation