Why Early Detection of Hearing Loss Is So Important For Older Adults

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Why Early Detection of Hearing Loss Is So Important For Older Adults

Are you already looking forward to the annual State Fair this fall? Or maybe this year is your ten-yearly high school reunion? There are lots of great events that mark the years going by. But did you know that there is something else you should be doing at least every three years to make sure you can enjoy all of them? The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association suggests everyone over 50 gets a hearing health check every three years. If you’ve already noticed the signs of hearing loss, then you may need to get checked more often.

So why is it so important to get your hearing health checked? The short answer: early detection.

Catching it early

Hearing loss can be sneaky. It happens so gradually that at first you may not notice or pay much attention to the fact that it’s a little bit harder to follow what people around you are saying. You might find that you’re turning the volume up on your TV or cell. Eventually, you may start asking people to repeat themselves or speak up. But as your hearing loss progresses, it can become such a struggle to manage your hearing health that you end up isolating yourself from friends and family.

All of these consequences are avoidable if you catch your hearing loss early and get treatment as soon as possible to restore your lost hearing. Untreated hearing loss comes with a whole lot of consequences for your personal, social, and professional life.

The unexpected consequences of hearing loss

As you get older, you may expect to experience some degree of hearing loss and perhaps have even accepted that you’ll need to ask everyone to speak more clearly or turn the volume up on your TV, radio, and cell. But there is a lot more fallout from untreated hearing loss than you may expect. Here are just a few of the consequences of not getting your hearing tested and treated:

  • Fatigue and exhaustion – A day of struggling to hear what people are saying is tiring, and when everyday is like that, you’ll soon find yourself too tired to do the things you love.
  • Headaches – Difficulty hearing can make headaches more common and this can cause further tension and discomfort in your neck and shoulders.
  • Strained relationships – Communication is key to enjoying strong, supportive relationships; hearing loss makes this a lot harder both at home and at work.
  • Missed career opportunities – If you can’t keep up with conversations at work, it’s going to be hard to get promoted, get a bonus, or simply do well at something you know you’re good at.
  • Isolation and depression – In the long run, an untreated hearing loss disconnects you from the world around you, which makes it more likely that you’ll feel low.
  • Changes to your brain – your brain needs the stimulation of a full range of sounds to stay healthy. Hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Take action today

Don’t wait another day to get your hearing health checked. The longer you go without treatment for hearing loss, the harder it becomes for your brain to adjust to the full range of sounds that hearing aids will restore. Book your hearing assessment in Texas today at Hearing Aid Express. We have 19 centers across Texas; click here to find your nearest one.


About the Author:

Hi, my name is Dusty Potter and I’m a second generation Hearing Instrument Specialist. I spent my youth around hearing aids and hearing tests — apprenticing with my mother, and so it was only natural that I chose to follow a career path that’s focused on helping people regain their hearing, improving their ability to listen and to communicate, and to reconnect with their families, friends and work colleagues.