Did you hear? May is Hearing and Speech Month!
Excuse our silly pun, we just want to bring awareness to the importance of your hearing and taking action at the first signs of hearing loss. Most Americans don’t notice right away when their hearing starts to slip but it’s important to get checked regularly so that you can pivot at the first signs of loss. While hearing can’t be restored (yet, at least), we can at least prevent further damage to the ears.
Did you know that 50% of adults over 75 have hearing loss that significantly impacts their daily life? For most, the loss started when they were in their 50s and if it had been treated earlier, they could have maintained the hearing they had at that time and not dropped to the level they are at now. It can be embarrassing to admit your hearing isn’t what it used to be but addressing it early is the key to maintaining your lifestyle and enjoying your later years. Preserving your hearing can improve your quality of life and this is why it’s so important to have regular screenings!
It’s a Gradual Downhill
Over time, hearing loss can affect most aspects of your life. You may find it harder to keep up with conversations and this could lead you to isolate yourself from social gatherings. If you can’t hear clearly, you may not pick up on the important details of work meetings or conversations with clients. Communicating with your loved ones can become more of a challenge and reduce the strength of those connections as well.
Because your brain is working hard at trying to figure out what is being said, it doesn’t have as much energy for other functions. Your memory can start slipping and there have been recent links to hearing loss and dementia. Your mental and physical wellbeing are at risk if you don’t address hearing loss right away.
It Could Be An Indicator of Other Health Problems
Hearing loss can be a symptom caused by health problems that are undiagnosed. If your heart isn’t getting enough blood to your ears, the delicate and sensitive mechanisms inside them can be damaged which would lead to hearing loss. Heart disease is treatable and early detection is a key component.
Take Action to Protect Your Ears
Just as you visit the dentist regularly to take control of your oral health, you need to be making appointments for regular hearing screenings. Contact us to schedule a screening for yourself or a loved one if you suspect they are experiencing hearing loss. The earlier we are able to diagnose it, the more of your hearing you’re likely to keep.