March 3 is World Hearing Day! The World Health Organization (WHO) uses this day to raise awareness around hearing loss and hearing health. 40 million Americans struggle to hear, and if you’re one of them, it’s time to take control of your hearing health. Wondering how you can look after your hearing? This year’s World Hearing Day theme is ‘check your hearing!’ and that’s the best place to start when it comes to your hearing health.
Are You at Risk of Hearing Loss?
Did you know that roughly 15% of adults have hearing loss? Many people at risk for hearing loss work in noisy environments or have very loud professions. Some participate in excessively loud leisure activities such as attending music concerts or sports events, going out to loud bars on weekends, or spending time at the shooting range. Not only do many adults suffer from hearing loss, but the WHO estimates that 1.1 billion children and teens face hearing loss from unsafe listening practices, and being exposed to dangerously loud noises. Teenagers often don’t realize that blasting their music at full volume with earbuds exposes their ears to extremely dangerous volumes, and that they could be permanently damaging their hearing. Seniors are also a high-risk population when it comes to hearing loss. Nearly half of all seniors over the age of 70 have hearing loss, either from exposure to loud noises, or due to age related hearing loss.
Do You Need a Hearing Test?
Do you think your hearing is healthy? Hearing loss is a gradual process, and many adults live with hearing loss for several years before admitting that they’re struggling to hear. In fact, if you have hearing loss, your family will probably notice before you do. Are your loved ones telling you you’re not hearing as well as you used to, or complaining that you never hear them on the phone? If your family is expressing concern about your hearing abilities, you may need a hearing test.
The World Health Organization recommends that people of all ages get their hearing tested. Children and teens should have hearing screenings at school, and this ensures that they’re able to hear the teacher clearly, and grow and learn along with their hearing peers.
Adults should perform baseline hearing testing once every few years to make sure their hearing hasn’t changed. And if you’re an adult working a loud job or enjoy very noisy leisure activities, you need to get your hearing tested more often.
Seniors over the age of 50 should have an annual hearing test. This is because many seniors suffer from age related hearing loss, and treating hearing loss as early as possible leads to the best possible health outcomes, so testing your hearing every year will improve your hearing health, as well as your overall health and wellbeing.
The Importance of Treating Hearing Loss
When it comes to treating hearing loss, early intervention is extremely important. That’s why the WHO chose ‘Check your hearing!’ as their theme this year. Encouraging everyone to take control of their hearing health and check their hearing, the WHO is promoting early treatment.
Sadly, many Americans choose to live with untreated hearing loss for many years. During this time, they experience a lot of negative health outcomes, from struggling to follow conversations and communicate clearly, to broken relationships. Friends and loved ones will get frustrated with repeating themselves over and over again, and quality of life decreases. Those with hearing loss stay home more often, experience social isolation, and suffer from anxiety, stress, and even depression.
Not only do relationships suffer, but untreated hearing loss also affects the brain, and you’ll experience more rapid cognitive decline, and risk a higher chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
Visit Us at Denver Audiology
Treating hearing loss early will help you hear clearly in any environment, enjoy good communication, and stay active doing the things you love. Participate in World Hearing Day this coming March 3 and call us today at Denver Audiology to book a hearing test! Our team of hearing health specialists will perform a comprehensive hearing test, check your ability to hear high and low pitches, and measure how well you’re able to recognize speech. Then we’ll work with you to find the perfect hearing device that will complement your lifestyle.