May 20th, 2018 by Anita Carroll
Hearing Exams Matter
Most people don’t realize how even a little hearing loss impacts their overall health. Usually the decline in hearing is slow and gradual. It’s hard to realize there is a problem because the brain adapts. Everything from medications, head injuries, noise, heredity and infections can play a role in hearing loss.
A hearing exam will assess your current hearing and ear health and monitor any decline. Some issues can be simple fixes such as a buildup of wax. But no matter what the cause, the garbled hearing puts stress on the brain. Quickly addressing any hearing issue reduces the deprivation to the brain and hidden health issues.
Bottom line: The faster you deal with hearing decline, the better the brain will function over time.
Not hearing well brings surprising health risks:
- Memory / cognitive decline
- Unexplained fatigue
- Decreased overall health
- Social isolation
- Increased risk of dementia
Hearing exams are important for your health! We recommend a baseline hearing exam at age 30 and monitoring every 3 – 5 years until age 50. Bi-annual exams are recommended for those over 50. Take our Online Hearing Test or talk with our Audiologist and find out if you have hidden hearing loss!