This March, celebrate World Hearing Day! Every March 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) picks a new theme, takes the time to promote hearing health, works to fight the stigma that surrounds hearing loss, and raises awareness of healthy hearing practices. This year’s theme is ‘check your hearing!’, and at Exceptional Hearing Care we’re here to help you do just that.
Who Has Hearing Loss?
You might be wondering who has hearing loss. Isn’t hearing loss a thing that only affects seniors? While it’s true that roughly half of all seniors over the age of 75 do have hearing loss, many adults also struggle to hear. It’s estimated that 15% of adults struggle to hear at work, can’t communicate affectively with their loved ones, and face all the negative outcomes of hearing loss. While seniors often suffer from age related hearing loss, adults risk noise induced hearing loss, or a lose of hearing due to exposure to dangerously loud sounds. Noise induced hearing loss can be the result of working in noisy environments full of power tools, heavy machinery, loud music, or excessive noise. It can also be the result of noisy leisure activities such as attending music concerts or sports events without wearing ear protection.
The WHO also estimates that 1.1 billion children around the globe have hearing loss due loud noises in their crowded schools, as well as dangerous listening practices when it comes to their personal listening devices. Many listen to music for hours on end with the volume maxed out, and this damages the delicate cells of their inner ears, leading to hearing loss.
Living with Untreated Hearing Loss
While you might think that your hearing loss is no big deal and you can wait a few more years before getting a hearing test, living with untreated hearing loss has some serious consequences. When you’re not able to hear clearly your relationships suffer, and those with hearing loss report having fewer meaningful relationships in their lives. Those living with untreated hearing loss often face difficulties with their loved ones, have more frequent miscommunications and arguments, and find themselves feeling isolated and alone.
Living with hearing loss could also be jeopardizing your career. When you’re not able to communicate effectively with your boss or with your coworkers, your job productivity will be reduced, and you might even make some big mistakes. You may be looked over for that promotion you were eyeing, be transferred to a position you don’t want, or even be fired.
Schedule a Hearing Test
To avoid the negative consequences of living with untreated hearing loss, schedule a hearing test today in honor of World Hearing Day! Hearing loss can creep up on you, and since it’s a gradual process, you might not realize you have hearing loss until someone points it out to you, or your hearing loss is quite advanced. If your loved ones are complaining that you can’t hear as well as you used to, or if you’ve noticed any changes in your hearing, book a hearing test right away!
Seniors over the age of 65 should test their hearing every year to ensure they have healthy hearing. Since age related hearing loss is common, yearly tests will help you keep an eye on your hearing, and make sure you don’t have any surprises when it comes to your hearing health.
Adults should have baseline screening tests every few years, and if you can’t remember the last time you had a hearing test, schedule one today! You could be damaging your hearing at work or at play, so baseline testing is important for monitoring your hearing health.
Children and teens should also receive hearing testing to make sure they’re able to hear clearly, participate fully at school, and have all the possibilities of the future open to them. Take the time to teach your kids about safe listening practices, and help them protect their hearing.
Exceptional Hearing Care
At Exceptional Hearing Care, we perform comprehensive hearing tests that will show you exactly which sounds you’re hearing, and which sounds you’re missing. After determining your hearing range, we’ll work together to choose the best hearing device that will fit your lifestyle and hearing needs.