It’s that time of year! It’s a New Year! And it’s time to start working on your New Year’s resolutions! One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is related to healthcare in one way or another.
For example, New Year’s resolutions are often set to lose weight and eliminate those pesky pounds put on during the holiday season (that you promised yourself you wouldn’t put on in the first place). Or, perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. But have you given thought to having your hearing tested? It’s easy! And a New Year’s resolution that could be life changing!
Over Half Below the Age of 65 Have
Many people think hearing loss only occurs with age. However, over half of the individuals with hearing loss in the United States are below the age of 65. Unfortunately, research by The Better Hearing Institute shows that a person who realizes they have hearing loss typically waits around seven years to do something about it. Some may think their hearing is not “that bad” or that if people would stop mumbling they could hear just fine. Is that you? Because these are symptoms of hearing loss and they should not be ignored!
Whether you have symptoms or not, we recommend anyone over the age of 55 have a hearing evaluation as a part of their overall annual healthcare maintenance. If hearing loss is not found, a baseline hearing test can then serve as documentation and be available to compare with future hearing tests. If hearing loss is found, treatment should begin immediately!
Untreated Hearing Loss Issues
Another reason to have your hearing tested is that untreated hearing loss has been linked to other healthcare issues and economic effects. Hearing loss has been linked to depression, feelings of isolation, and even dementia. In addition, studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss often earn less income than those that have been diagnosed and treated for their hearing loss. Just as with any other health concern, the sooner a hearing problem is detected, the sooner you should do something about it and the more successful your treatment can be!
Your treatment for hearing loss may be something as simple as having ceruman (earwax) removed. Some hearing losses may require a medical or surgical means of treatment by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician. However, if medical intervention is not an option, your hearing loss may best be treated with hearing aids or other assistive listening devices.
We’re living in an era where technology can help us Hear in the New Year and years to come! Today’s newest hearing aids are very discreet. They are 100% digital and computer programmed based on your prescription for hearing loss. Most are fully automatic, constantly adjusting to quiet and noisy listening environments. In addition, the latest technology also has BlueTooth options which allow you to hear the telephone or television directly into your hearing aid.
Better Quality of Life
Unlike dieting or working to break an addiction like smoking, having a hearing test this New Year can be quick and easy! Better hearing can be your gateway to richer relationships and a better quality of life.
Call THE JACKSON HEARING CENTER at 731-660-5511 for more information and to schedule your FREE hearing screening, consultation, and demonstration of the best technology available for your hearing loss.
CALL TODAY to Hear in the New Year and start 2015 with a new and healthier you!
HEARING LOSS STATISTICS:
• About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
• At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
• 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
• While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
• About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
• Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.
Statistics sources: John Hopkins Medicine