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According to a recent Nielsen survey, the top three New Year's resolutions were staying fit and healthy, losing weight, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Consider adding "have a hearing test" to your list of health-related resolutions for the new year. While hearing health is often overlooked, it plays a critical part in our overall health and well-being.

With hearing loss as the third most common medical condition (after heart disease and diabetes), incorporating an annual hearing test in your health routine will be a big step toward that resolution for improving your health and wellness. Here are a few great reasons to prioritize your hearing health in the new year!

The benefits of early hearing loss treatment

According to hearing specialists around the country, adults should get regular baseline hearing examinations. Now is the moment to try one if you've never had one before. We will be better equipped to detect indicators of hearing loss if we follow your hearing abilities over time.

Early detection of hearing loss has numerous advantages for your general health and well-being. Untreated hearing loss puts you at risk for dementia and increases your risk of falling and getting hurt. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss will ensure that your cognitive abilities remain intact.

Earning power

Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss tend to earn less than colleagues with average hearing/colleagues who treat hearing loss with hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss could lead to miscommunication in the workplace and interfere with productivity, concentration, and memory. When your brain works overtime to fill in the gaps of unclear sound signals, your cognitive abilities will be exhausted. 

An annual hearing test allows us to monitor your hearing abilities, especially if you are exposed to high workplace noise levels. Put simply; hearing aids could improve your performance on the job. 

Your social life

Humans are social beings, and we all rely on our friends, family, and communities for support. Untreated hearing loss can cause communication breakdowns by interfering with voice recognition. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as social withdrawal. Isolation will result from this social disengagement, exacerbating depression and anxiety.

By identifying hearing loss early and being fitted for hearing aids, we can stay in the loop with our friends and loved ones. Most hearing aids offer streaming options, which allow you to stream phone calls directly to your ears! Don't let hearing loss interfere with your most important relationships. 

Your physical health

Hearing loss has several comorbidities or related medical conditions. Some forms of hearing loss may be caused due to certain classes of medication or cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure. On the other hand, it might be something as simple as impacted earwax. By taking a hearing test, you're committing to improving your overall health. 

Our auditory system is also intricately linked to our vestibular system, the system that helps us maintain our balance. Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss are at higher risk for hospitalization due to falls and accidents. Aside from these incidents, untreated hearing loss could lead to personal hazards by missing important sounds – such as the honk of a car horn or the fire alarm downstairs. 

Hearing tests identify your current hearing abilities and tell us if you need hearing aids. The prescription of hearing aids and their incorporation into your daily life go a long way to ensuring your overall health and well-being. 

Hearing tests are quick and painless 

If you like crossing something off your to-do list, taking your annual hearing test will be an easy way to give you a sense of accomplishment in the new year. Hearing tests usually take less than an hour and require minimal effort on your part. Our team is here to guide you through all of the steps of this noninvasive process. In the end, we'll go over your results with you. Ready to schedule a hearing test in the new year? Give us a call today!