The new year is here! What are your hearing resolutions?
If you want to feel young and active, we suggest getting an annual hearing assessment*. Hearing loss can manifest in different ways, for many different reasons, but one of the most common is aging. “Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults,” says the NIDCD, and it’s important to not let any problems linger without attention.
If you’re over the age of 55, speak to your primary care physician about scheduling a test with an audiologist, even if you don’t notice any issues. Look after your hearing as much as you would your teeth and your health.
If you do have noticeable hearing loss, don’t worry! Stay positive. Aid technology is better than it’s ever been, and with the help of your audiologist, you can often successfully manage any loss you’re experiencing.
If you’re the parent of a child, a hearing test early in life is crucial, because of the delays mild and moderate hearing loss can cause. Annual checkups are not necessary, but it is important to keep a close eye (or ear) on your child’s progression, on their ability to meaningfully comprehend speech in noise.
If you’re a teacher, resolve to do the same. Watch your students closely, and notify parents and administration about any hearing problems you may notice, no matter how subtle they might appear. Schools have plans in place to help address such difficulties, to allow kids to stay on track without any gaps in their education.
If you already have an aid, already get regular checkups, do everything we’ve already mentioned, maybe look into some new technology. Outside of hearing aids, the hearing healthcare world is full of exciting tech and possibilities. We’re sure your audiologist would be more than happy to show you what’s new.
Here’s to a 2019 full of good hearing and healthy hearing habits!