Dr. Cynthia L. Ellison, Au.D

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It’s the start of a new year and with this new beginning comes the inevitable resolutions.  Perhaps this is the year you are going to get organized once and for all or plan to spend more time relaxing with friends and loved ones.  What ever your new years resolutions are, make sure your health is at the top of the list. Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem in the U.S., after arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss is also very treatable — and more successful when started early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, here are 10 reasons why you should schedule a hearing test and find out for sure.

A hearing test is painless

Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive. They occur in a quiet, sound-treated room or enclosure designed to eliminate any other noises, which might affect your hearing exam s, such as the white noise of a heater, air conditioner or office environment

Hearing Loss and relationships

Although you experience it alone, your hearing loss can affect all of your relationships. The impact of hearing loss on your spouse or partner can be detrimental when communication is not clear. A decrease in understanding will inevitably provoke arguments between partners, reduce the couple’s ability to enjoy favorite pastimes and cause the care taking partner to resent the other. Oftentimes, both halves of a couple will report frustration, a sense of isolation, and resentment toward their partner when hearing loss is left untreated.

Hearing loss linked to cardiovascular disease

Studies have shown that good circulation plays a role in maintaining good hearing health. Therefore, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can lead to hearing loss. Healthy circulation is key for the delicate hair cells in the cochlea, which play an important role in translating the noise your ears collect into electrical impulses for the brain to interpret as recognizable sound. Poor circulation robs these hair cells of adequate oxygen, causing damage. Because these hair cells do not regenerate, this  results in permanent hearing loss.

Untreated hearing loss increases your risk of falling

Hearing loss is one of several factors causing falls. Hearing loss makes people less aware of their environment, so they don’t notice other people, pets or activities going on around them. Hearing loss can decrease spatial awareness, making it difficult to be able to gauge where their body is in relation to objects around them. Hearing loss also causes the brain to use more resources for hearing and interpreting speech and sound, so fewer resources go toward staying upright and balanced. These factors can all make patients with hearing loss more likely to lose their balance and fall.

Hearing aids can reduce cognitive decline

Research by Johns Hopkins and other institutions have linked cognitive decline and even dementia. One study found that older adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities than peers with normal hearing. A 25-year-long study published in 2015 found that hearing aid use reduced the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. Just last year, researchers reported that treating hearing loss in midlife is the single greatest change a person can make to lower their risk of dementia.

Untreated hearing loss and social isolation.

A survey by the National Council on Aging has your answer. It surveyed thousands of hearing-impaired adults and found that those who didn’t wear hearing aids were more likely to report depression and anxiety and were less likely to participate in social activities than their hearing-impaired peers who wore hearing aids.

Hearing aids and increased earning power.

Hearing loss can interfere with your work performance when it keeps you from understanding your clients, colleagues or supervisors. Studies have shown that treating your hearing loss improves work performance, learning ability and earning power.

Franklin Hearing Center

Make 2020 the year that you take the leap and get your hearing tested.  Contact us at Franklin Hearing Center to set up your appointment today.  With all the risks associated with living with hearing loss, finding out if you need hearing aids is an essential part of moving forward into a new year.