Hearing Tests and Your Journey Toward Better Hearing Health

Hearing loss can affect anyone. With 37.5 million American adults experiencing some form of hearing loss, it’s likely you or a loved one have trouble making sense of sounds and conversations. Some of this might feel familiar – asking people to repeat themselves, turning up the television, feeling exhausted after social interactions.

The good news is, you don’t have to live with this frustration. A simple hearing test can help identify the source and severity of your hearing loss, and get you on the road to good hearing health!

Whether you’ve never had a hearing test before, or it’s been a while, here are some great reasons to schedule that screening.

Reason One: Setting a hearing “baseline”

Especially if you’ve never had a hearing test in the past, doing it now will set a baseline for the future. Along with regular screenings as you age, this baseline allows your hearing care professional to monitor your hearing over time. They may also catch any issues you might not detect on your own, allowing for early intervention. Hopkins Medicine recommends having a baseline hearing test between the ages of 21 and sixty.

Reason Two: Hearing tests are painless

It’s true – hearing tests are quick, easy, and painless. So there’s no reason to put it off. In a nutshell, here’s what you can expect. You won’t feel any discomfort during the test, and you don’t have to prepare (or study!). Your hearing care professional will ask you to listen to a series of tones and sounds to determine how well you can hear. After going over the results, they’ll work with you to find a solution that works best for your hearing needs.

Reason Three: Hearing tests are the first step to treating hearing loss

You might think that you can’t do anything about your hearing loss, or that it’s just a fact of life. That might have been true in the past, but today’s hearing aid technology is super-advanced and exciting. Whether you have mild, moderate, or profound hearing loss – or even suffer from conditions like tinnitus – having a hearing test by a hearing care professional can uncover these issues and point you toward the right treatment.

Reason Four: Undiagnosed hearing loss can be unhealthy

Research shows that undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of cognitive decline. Struggling to hear and make sense of sound can cause your brain to become fatigued, making it difficult to perform other tasks. And, when it’s hard to hear, you tend to avoid social situations – which reduces brain stimulation over time. Getting a hearing test and proper hearing aids can keep your ears AND brain feeling sharper.

Reason Five: Hearing Care is Health Care™

All of these reasons add up to this – improved overall health and well-being. We all want this for ourselves and our loved ones, which is why this practice offers hearing aids featuring Oticon’s BrainHearingTM technology. Oticon hearing aids give your brain the ability to process sounds more easily and efficiently; in short, making sense of the sounds you want and need to hear. Hearing aids can do the work for you, and it all starts with a short test.

To learn more about Oticon’s BrainHearing technology and to schedule a hearing screening, call 812-273-6262.

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