Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

When Should I Have My Hearing Checked?

Women having hearing checked.

Despite the rapid growth of hearing loss—which is now the third most common health condition in the United States--there is little national attention to good hearing. Many people don’t understand how to avoid or prevent damage to hearing, how to recognize subtle changes in hearing, or even when to see an audiologist.

Hearing fitness is something that needs to be taken as seriously as eye care. Having your hearing checked regularly will keep you aware of your ears, the latest research on keeping good hearing, and any damage that needs to be addressed.

Having your hearing checked on a regular basis could save you a lifetime of guessing. When your hearing levels are checked regularly it becomes easier for an audiologist to notice a change in your hearing—just as an ophthalmologist can recognize eyesight changes. Why is it so important to have a base level for your hearing? Most people remain unaware of the fact that their hearing may be compromised without them being aware of it. It is assumed that if this change in hearing isn’t being noticed by them then it isn’t bothering them and doesn’t need to be treated. The truth of the matter is that hearing is one of your most reliable senses and it’s easy to take it for granted, but your ears do more than just help you hear. Healthy hearing has long term impact on your entire body, and keeping good hearing is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy as you age.

Taking care of your teeth every day and having regular checkups is routine. It’s well known that your teeth need care and that your whole health depends on them. But people are less informed about the impact that hearing has on the whole body. Hearing is tied to whole body health. Healthy hearing is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your mental and physical health as you age. Monitoring your hearing by seeing your audiologist regularly has many benefits. Not only does it keep a record of your hearing levels, but it allows your hearing provider to alert you to dangers to your hearing in advance, and to recognize when your hearing has declined. When any change of hearing is noticed, it is important to take action. Keeping the world around you within your hearing grasp, lets your hearing work at its best, keeps you connected with the world, and allows you to remain sharp and focused on sounds you might otherwise have missed.

If you haven’t had your hearing tested lately, call your audiologist or hearing health provider today! If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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