Information about hearing loss and the impact it can have on your life.
Hearing and Your Health
Hearing loss is incredibly common, in fact approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Many people who have hearing loss don’t even realize they are having a problem with their hearing because it occurred so gradually. It’s important to receive annual hearing exams to ensure your ears are healthy and to be proactive against hearing loss now and in the future.
Your hearing plays a major role in your overall health and well-being. Sometimes hearing loss can be the result of another health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is important to visit your primary care doctor regularly in order to catch any of these signs early. Hearing is such an important part of your health. If you suspect you have hearing loss or you would like to have your hearing tested, then make an appointment with us today.
How We Hear
Understanding how your ear works will help you decide how well you could benefit from wearing hearing aids. It is important to understand the hearing system and how you actually hear sound.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs gradually, often over the course of a few years. It can be difficult to identify the signs of hearing loss because your brain often adapts to not hearing well. Sometimes a close friend or family member may suggest you have your hearing tested. This is often a good sign that you may have some degree of hearing loss. Below are some common signs of hearing loss. If you’ve noticed any of the following, then schedule an appointment with us for a hearing evaluation.
- It seems like the people in your life mumble
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
- You say “Huh” or “What” often
- You need the volume on the television at a higher level than everyone else
- It is difficult for you to hear when there is background noise (such as at a restaurant)
- Women and children’s voices are hard to hear
- You hear a ringing in your ears
Why Hearing is Important
Your hearing is an important part of your overall health. Many people don’t realize that hearing involves more than just the ears, it also involves the brain. In fact, we don’t hear when sound reaches the ear, we hear when the sound waves reach the auditory cortex of the brain. In the brain is where noise is processed into information and understood as specific sounds. We need our hearing in order to keep our brain healthy and active. The brain uses sound for stimulation and as a form of exercise. When left untreated, hearing loss prevents the brain from receiving the proper stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy. Over time, the brain will start to forget certain sounds and frequencies, which can result in cognitive decline and poor speech comprehension.
It is crucial to manage any hearing loss with hearing aids in order to keep your brain active and healthy. Hearing aids will provide your brain with the sounds and clarity it needs to understand conversation. Be proactive about your hearing and your mental health by making an appointment with us today.
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