If you have never had your hearing tested before, do it this month for Better Hearing Month. People neglect their hearing even though it’s one of our most important senses. Hearing connects us with our friends, our family and our world.
If an individual does not have a hearing loss, they will not think to see an Audiologist, but it is important to have your hearing checked before you have problems. By being proactive and having your hearing tested routinely, a baseline can be established and can be used as a reference if there is a change in the future which can occur as the result of illness, disease or age.
Since age is not the only factor that can affect your hearing, it is important to have your first baseline hearing test performed as a young adult. Once you’re 50 or older regular testing should be done every two years. If you are routinely exposed to loud noise for work or recreation or have a family history of hearing loss, then regular testing should commence at a much younger age.
Early detection and correction of hearing loss is essential to keep hearing pathways to the brain in good condition. If hearing loss is not treated, these pathways may deteriorate over time. You may also become more sensitive to sounds and withdrawal from social situations leading to depression, isolation and cognitive decline.
In celebration of Better Hearing Month contact our clinic to book an appointment with one of our Certified Audiologists.