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The Benefits of Annual Hearing Exams

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Seeing a hearing specialist annually for regular hearing evaluations or check-ups is just as important as seeing your dentist or primary care physician. Our hearing and ear health plays an important role in our overall well-being, that’s why it’s important to have your hearing checked annually. Hearing loss can be the result of another underlying health concern. Having your hearing evaluated regularly can identify any problems and potentially prevent them from arising. There are many benefits to receiving annual hearing check-ups and ensuring your overall well-being.

Hearing loss occurs gradually

Hearing loss often occurs gradually, over a long period of time. You may not even notice you have hearing loss because your brain has adjusted to not hearing well. Annual hearing check-ups can let you know if your hearing is deteriorating and can prevent you from losing any more of your hearing ability. Getting annual hearing checks is especially important if you have been previously diagnosed with hearing loss. This will ensure you don’t lose more of your hearing ability. For those who have not been diagnosed with hearing loss, it is still good to have your hearing checked every two weeks to ensure nothing changes.

Hearing check-ups can prevent future health concerns

Hearing is connected to more than just our ears. Sometimes hearing loss is the result of another underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Receiving annual hearing check-ups can help you and your doctor diagnose any conditions early and possibly prevent them. Hearing loss has been linked to these conditions primarily due to swelling of the blood vessels that occurs because of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. When the heart can’t pump enough blood to the blood vessels of the inner ear, hearing loss is often the result.

Hearing loss affects brain health

Untreated hearing loss can have a detrimental effect on brain health and memory. When you can’t hear properly because of hearing loss, your brain isn’t receiving the proper sound signals it needs to retain information and create memories. It also is not receiving the proper stimulation it needs to stay active and healthy. This can lead to cognitive decline and even dementia. It’s important to treat hearing loss at the first signs, making annual hearing check-ups a crucial part of your healthcare routine. Because hearing loss happens gradually, you may not notice the signs until your hearing has deteriorated significantly and has begun to affect your brain.

Untreated hearing loss affects your happiness

Hearing loss can have negative effects on your happiness. Hearing loss can cause you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious because you can’t hear well. As a result, you may start to isolate yourself from friends and family. This can lead to depression and increases the chances of dementia. Keeping track of hearing loss with annual hearing exams can give you the confidence to interact socially with other people, increasing your overall happiness.

To keep your overall health and well-being in check, it’s important to add annual hearing evaluations as part of your healthcare routine. Untreated hearing loss can have many negative effects on your health and brain.

Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, it’s best to be proactive and have your hearing tested. Take the first step and take care of your health, make an appointment with your local EarQ provider today.

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Put Your Hearing to the Test

Sometimes, hearing loss happens so gradually that it can be difficult to notice at first. However, there are some common signs that indicate you may have hearing loss. Want some answers now? Take this short survey to determine if it's time for you to make a hearing appointment.

Take a 3-minute hearing test!

Read the following statements and select “yes” if they apply to you most of the time, “sometimes” if they apply once in a while, and “no” if they don't apply at all.

I have trouble hearing the other person on the phone.

YES SOMETIMES NO

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