Top 10 Reasons To Have A Hearing Test


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.

  1. We hear with our brains, so untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive difficulties and increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  2. Hearing loss is the third most common physically detrimental condition — behind only arthritis and heart disease — and contributes to anxiety and depression.
  3. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can accompany hearing loss and may be as debilitating as hearing loss.
  4. Individuals with even a mild hearing loss are three times more at risk of experiencing unexpected, injury-causing falls and more frequent/longer hospitalizations.
  5. The Mayo Clinic recommends baseline hearing tests for all adults because being proactive about one’s health can increase quality of life.
  6. Hearing loss has been linked to sleep apnea and may be an early warning sign for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  7. Cancer treatments may damage your hearing.
  8. A hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour, with numerous advanced options to treat hearing loss.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.


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