Let’s face it, we all procrastinate sometimes! Whether it’s taking out the trash, making that call, organizing that closet of chaos, or going in for a check up, we are all guilty of putting things off until later. But what happens when that procrastination begins to affect your health and overall happiness? Here are a few important reasons not to wait another minute to get your hearing tested!
One of the number one reasons we believe everyone should know their hearing status is for brain health! Hearing is a brain function, our ears pick up sounds but our brains are doing the interpreting. Hearing health is brain health—these things are not only connected, but they support each other. Studies have shown there may be a link between hearing loss and inhibited brain function. With hearing issues, less audio information is fed to the brain and so it begins to readjust. The brain may begin to atrophy if hearing loss is left untreated.
This brain readjustment may also be the reason why adults with untreated hearing loss are more at risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies like those at Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care and the University of Wisconsin-Madison show that treating hearing loss may be one way to lower your risk of developing these ailments. Protect your brain health by keeping an eye on your hearing health!
Improving hearing health may not only benefit brain health, but also emotional well being. A study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders discovered that eleven percent of those with untreated hearing loss had depression compared to only five percent of the general population. Why does hearing loss have such an impact on mental health? Loss of communication can take a huge toll because we are such social creatures. We need and crave social interaction in order to live life fully. If we lose the ability to communicate and we do nothing about it, the outcome may be quite painful to handle. Don’t let fear or denial get in the way of a happy and healthy life!
It may surprise you to find out that denying hearing loss may cost you money and career progress. According to a study from the Better Hearing Institute, those with unaided hearing loss earned on average $20,000 less each year than those who wear hearing aids! This is a shocking number—if brain function and mental health are not enough this should open our eyes. Productivity and communication are both severely affected by hearing loss, but this does not have to be the end of the world. If there is a problem, fix it. Do not waste another dime clinging to denial, come in and find out what is going on.
There are a myriad of reasons to get your hearing checked—improvements in relationships, greater overall health, better brain function—but the greatest reason to come in to check your hearing status is simply to stop procrastinating and make your health a priority. You are worth the effort, the time, and the investment. Don’t put it off until further damage is done, just come in and we will see where you are at! If you need our help we will be here along the way to guide you through your hearing health journey.