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8 Rousing Reasons To Put A Hearing Test At The Top Of Your “Done” List

Provided courtesy of Better Hearing Institute (BHI)

Of all the life hacks for better living, taking care of your hearing is among the smartest — and it yields an incredible ROI. In short, getting a hearing test is worth it. No matter what your age, untreated hearing loss can take its toll. The catch is, hearing loss is stealthy. It’s usually hard to notice at first. In fact, it tends to come on so gradually that it tricks you into oblivion. Then it robs you of more than you realize, sooner than you realize. From pilfering away at your relationships and quality of life, to putting you at risk for other health conditions, untreated hearing loss is a silent thief. And don’t think for a minute that you’re too young to think about hearing loss — you’re not. It’s a noisy world. You’re part of it. And the numbers show that hearing loss is becoming more common among younger adults — in their 20s and 30s. So make sure you value your hearing. It’s a treasure worth keeping. To give you an extra push, here are eight reasons why you should get a hearing test today.

1. It may help your pocketbook. Research shows that middle-aged people with hearing loss have about a third more in health care payments than those without hearing loss. A study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) shows that using hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss lost as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study found.

2. Your mind may benefit. Research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Certainly, notable researchers believe that addressing hearing loss may at least help protect cognitive function.

3. It could boost your job performance. Most hearing aid users in the workforce say it has helped their performance on the job. That’s right. Getting a hearing test could benefit all those employees (a whopping 30 percent) who suspect they have hearing loss but haven’t sought treatment.

4. Life’s challenges may not seem so intimidating. Research shows people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to tackle problems actively. Apparently, hearing your best brings greater confidence.

5. Your zest for life might get zestier. Most people who use hearing aids say it has a positive effect on their relationships. They’re more likely to have a strong social network, be optimistic, feel engaged in life, and even get more pleasure in doing things.

6. It could protect you against the blues. Hearing loss is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults, especially 18 to 69-year-olds. But studies also show that treating hearing loss can boost quality of life. BHI research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to feel down, depressed or hopeless.

7. You’ll probably be more likely to get the drift. Most people who use hearing aids say it helps their overall ability to communicate effectively in most situations. The majority who bought their hearing aids within the past five years say they’re pleased with their ability to hear in the workplace, at home with family members, in conversations in small and large groups, when watching TV with others, in lecture halls, theaters or concert halls, when riding in a car, and even when trying to follow conversations in the presence of noise.

8. Your heart and health may benefit. Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body. But it isn’t just about your heart. Hearing loss may signal or exacerbate other health conditions as well, including depression, sleep apnea, cognitive decline, and the risk of falling and hospitalization.

For more information on hearing loss and hearing aids, visit www.BetterHearing.org www.jhbi.org or www.betterhearingjax.com. If you think you or a loved one needs to consider amplification, the first step is a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Call us at 904-399-0350 to schedule an appointment today.

Hearing loss and Travel

Hearing loss and Travel

Summertime is here, and an activity that millions of Americans do every year at this time is traveling for vacation. Traveling long distances can be quite stressful, but traveling with hearing loss and hearing devices can make it even more difficult. Here are some tips to having a less stressful traveling experience:

  1. First, always ask for help when you need it. For example, if you can’t hear important about your flight, this could result in a delay of boarding or even missing your flight altogether. So, if you need help, ask the airline agents or airport employees for assistance
    1. Once on the plane, make sure to inform your flight attendant of your hearing loss, in case any important information needs to be relayed to you.
    2. Make sure to inform TSA that you have a hearing loss and are wearing a cochlear implant, hearing aids or BAHA. If you have a cochlear implant device, don’t put your equipment directly onto conveyor belt or in the plastic bins, as this may generate static electricity. If you are traveling with a spare processor, switch it off, remove the battery and place it in another bag.
      1. You are allowed to keep your BAHA or cochlear implants on as you walk through the metal detectors.
      2. Hearing aids and cochlear implants can be kept on once you are on the plane. These devices do not interfere with the plane.
      3. Some airlines allow for pre-boarding for those with hearing loss. Let the airline agent at the gate know that you have a hearing loss and request to pre-board.
  1. Batteries are very important to maintaining communication. Pack extra batteries in case of delays.

 

Traveling can be a very intimidating experience, especially for individuals with hearing loss. But with the right mindset and preparation, it can be much less stressful. Make sure to advocate for yourself and never be afraid to ask questions.