Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center / December 30, 2021

2022 is almost here! What will you do differently in the next year? Start working out more? Visit somewhere new or reach out to old friends?! There are so many possibilities but before you do anything, make sure your hearing is in check. With poor hearing, it can be hard to connect to friends, and family, as well as professional relationships. You may also be less aware of your surroundings and more prone to accidents and falls. It’s amazing how much a hearing issue can affect so many aspects of your life. It’s okay to have a lot of goals for 2022. Make sure that before you start on your ambitious list, add a hearing check-up to the list.

Hearing Loss is Common

You may be wondering what is the big deal? Why would I have hearing loss? A general preconceived notion is that hearing loss is a condition that affects the elderly. This is not untrue – one in three people over 65 struggles with a hearing loss while half of those over 75 do as well. However, hearing loss can and does affect people of all ages. The Nation Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NICDC) that 14% of Americans aged 45 to 64 years have a hearing loss of some kind. 

This is a worldwide problem with 466 million affected worldwide by hearing impairments and this number is estimated to rise to 700 million in the next 30 years if social and governmental policies around hearing loss don’t change. Hearing loss is due to many factors including not only exposure to loud noise, but environmental toxins, certain medications, chronic ear infections, and head trauma. The important thing to remember is that when you address and treat a hearing loss the many dangerous side effects can be decreased or circumvented completely. However, the NICDC further reports that of the estimated 28.8 million adults who could stand to gain from the use of hearing aids, less than 16% are doing so.

How Do I Know If My Hearing Is at Risk?

Hearing loss is often called an invisible disability because others can’t see it and it’s difficult to self-diagnose. This is often because damage occurs slowly over many years. What starts as the loss of subtle tones and pitches, over the year develops into lost words in sentences, making the following conversation a nightmare. It’s important to know the early signs of hearing loss before it can become worse. Unaddressed hearing loss can quickly equal rifts in your most personal relationships between friends, family, and you’re your significant other. It can also affect earnings and performance at work. The sooner you treat hearing loss the greater of a chance you have of avoiding cognitive decline which can contribute to dementia and a higher risk of falls and accidents.

 Some of the most common signs include having to ask people to repeat themselves during a conversation. Voices may sound muffled or unclear and people with higher or lower tones may be out of your range to hear. Another common reason most likely happened at your last family gathering while everyone watched TV. Did people complain you kept the volume of the TV too high or you couldn’t hear at all? If any of this rings true to you, then make sure the first thing you do in 2022 is scheduled a hearing exam.

Give State-of-the-Art Hearing Technology a Chance!

If you have already had a hearing test, then congratulations! A hearing exam will allow us to diagnose the quietest, lowest, and highest pitches your hearing can detect. This allows us to find the best solution for your hearing issues – most often hearing aids. These tiny electronic devices fit in or around your ears and amplify only the sounds you need help with while allowing the rest to be heard with your remaining hearing. They can be difficult to get used to at first, but when you commit to wearing them daily, they can make it easier to participate in the conversation, allowing you to connect, feel confident, be more independent and try new things in 2022. 

If you already have been diagnosed with hearing loss and have been putting it off, this New Year is a great time to try them. Schedule an appointment today and start this year out even better than the last.

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