Importance of Hearing Evaluations
Hearing impairment develops so gradually that many aren’t even aware of a problem until it has advanced beyond an easily treatable stage. This could be avoided if we treated our ears with the same care and attention paid to our eyes. Much like routine vision exams, regular hearing exams are an excellent first line of defense. Early detection increases the odds of successful treatment.
Some degree of hearing loss is natural as we age, but other factors can lead to hearing impairment as well. Excessive exposure to loud noise, impacted earwax, chronic ear infections and certain medications can all contribute to (or speed up) hearing loss. Regular hearing exams can help an audiologist spot these issues before they get worse and offer a treatment solution to those who might otherwise experience the debilitating social and emotional effects of living with a hearing impairment. Confusion, depression and social withdrawal are all common in individuals with untreated hearing loss.
Teens and young adults shouldn’t overlook hearing tests. Studies show that hearing loss is affecting younger and younger people all the time, thanks in large part to the explosion in popularity of personal music devices and ear buds. Together, these are a dangerous combination when music is played at excessive volume levels. Hearing tests offer the opportunity for early detection, as well as a chance to educate this segment of the population on proper usage of these devices.
Hearing exams are quick, painless and perfectly safe. They allow us to protect one of our most valuable attributes, our sense of hearing. It makes no sense to delay – schedule an appointment to have your hearing checked today!