Here we are at the beginning of a New Year and new decade! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! Celebrations and resolutions are flowing and most of us have committed to new goals and re-established older ones.
Our health is always the top contender on our list for the New Year and that is a good thing!
Within our overarching health goals, it would be to your benefit to include a focus on your hearing health. One of the most important senses we have and often times the most easily ignored. Let’s change that and make our hearing health a priority for the year 2020!
A healthy brain relies upon healthy hearing! Also known as cognitive health, at an early age we establish neural pathways to determine and interpret sounds so that we know it is safe to answer the call of a loved one or to step out onto the pedestrian path.
The many intricate and complex connections we form on a daily basis starts with the reception and process of sound from our outer ear to our brain. These physiological and neurological processes depend upon healthy hearing. Once a part of our hearing is negatively impacted it resonates into every part of our thinking, decision making and communication.
One of the top three national public health concerns of our nation is hearing health. The other two are cancer and diabetes. Work productivity and care for increasingly impaired hearing is on the rise and at a tremendous personal and societal cost worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, “Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of US$ 750 billion.”
Your personal and professional life is also dependent upon hearing for effective communication in building and maintaining relationships! When our hearing process is compromised, we can suffer from exhaustion from the extra effort in keeping up in conversations to making sure we have the important details covered in work meetings. Continued neglect can escalate into social isolation and withdrawal from our regular physical activities and gatherings of friends and family.
These are all good reasons to get your hearing tested in 2020!
Get a screening!
It’s fast. It’s painless. It lets you know if you need a comprehensive hearing test. If an issue is present, then you can take the important next step to visit us at Advanced Hearing Solutions for comprehensive hearing tests.
Get input from your friends and family!
If there are changes in your hearing ability often the ones closest to you will have noticed it perhaps even before you have. They are also the ones that can be a good source for support and implementation of better hearing health practices in tandem with your hearing health professional.
Foster an open, honest dialogue!
Let us know about your lifestyle needs and practices. Do you enjoy hiking or long walks? Do you enjoy going out with your friends to attend the theater or play card games?
The more information they have about your needs, and in accordance with your level hearing health the better for you! They are there to help you make informed decisions from specific types of hearing tests, daily hearing practices and budgetary needs to implementing and maintaining hearing devices.
Pay attention to the signs!
Make no mistake, it is quite easy for all of us to overlook and neglect our hearing needs so let’s be vigilante!
Are you having difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds?
Are you hearing muffled or distorted speech when conversing with others even in a one-on-one situation?
Are you gradually increasing the volume levels on your audio devices, television, laptop etc.?
If the answer is yes to any of the above and you feel you need more information the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) page is a wonderful source. https://www.asha.org/public/. Be proactive for the betterment of your health.
Early Detection + Prevention = Success
The single most effective way to maintain/gain healthy hearing! At Advanced Hearing Solutions, how you hear is important to us! We are dedicated to offering you the best solutions for your specific hearing needs. Feel free to call us if you have any questions. You or someone you love, are invited to start the New Year with us and create a strong durable relationship for a better hearing life today and for your future wellbeing!