By Dr. Mary Lou Carlson
Many people ask me why they need to have a hearing test. They will either tell me, “I hear just fine,” or “My husband mumbles,” or even “My hearing is terrible; I don’t need to know how bad it is.” Here are the top 10 reasons to have your hearing tested.
- We hear with our brains, so untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive difficulties and increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Hearing loss is the third most common physically detrimental condition — behind only arthritis and heart disease — and contributes to anxiety and depression.
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can accompany hearing loss and may be as debilitating as hearing loss.
- Individuals with even a mild hearing loss are three times more at risk of experiencing unexpected, injury-causing falls and more frequent/longer hospitalizations.
- The Mayo Clinic recommends baseline hearing tests for all adults because being proactive about one’s health can increase quality of life.
- Hearing loss has been linked to sleep apnea and may be an early warning sign for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Cancer treatments may damage your hearing.
- A hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour, with numerous advanced options to treat hearing loss.
- Hearing helps maintain full enjoyment and participation in life — in fact, 83 percent of hearing aid users reported improved quality of life through better hearing!
- Hearing loss affects everyone around you, and hearing well improves relationships.
Should you have any questions regarding your hearing, or the hearing of a loved one, we would be happy to help! Contact Wilks Hearing Center, located at 290 Central Avenue, Suite 116, in Lawrence, at 516-239-6400.