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Did you know that over 80% of hearing loss cases stand to benefit from proper diagnosis and treatment? Unfortunately, hearing loss is not a high priority when we think of our general health.
A multitude of contributing factors such as lack of information to negative stereotypes to ignorance to prohibitive costs. Currently, 1 in 5 adults in America is living with the invisible condition of impaired hearing. In fact, the Center for Communicative Disease stipulates that an average of 30 million hearing assessed Americans over the age of 12 are living with hearing loss in both ears.
What does it mean to have hearing loss?
With untreated hearing loss, we are living a life of poor quality. The brain uses established neural networks to interpret and deliver sound. The longer we live with hearing loss the more difficult it is for us to hear naturally as our brain starts to adapt to distorted sound. This is why early detection is key as the damage incurred cannot be reversed. As we live our daily lives the accumulative effects of sound pollution to our genetics to our daily routines create some degree of hearing loss. Unattended hearing loss negatively impacts our social interactions, communication, income and even our safety.
What are some indications of hearing loss?
There are some common signs to watch out for. For example, conversations are harder to follow and you are asking people to continually repeat themselves. You strain to differentiate between conversation and background noise as speech begins to sound muffled and distorted.
You need to keep increasing the volume on your audio player or on TV to the discomfort of others. You start to avoid social activities, after work events or phone calls.
How do you maintain your hearing health?
Prevention on a daily basis is one of the things to keep in mind. Your daily and personal practices play a big part in the health of your hearing. Be aware of the noise levels on your commute, as well as, in your home, and work environment. Stay away from loud or explosive sounds for long periods of time. Keep and use earplugs when you are unable to leave a detrimentally loud environment.
When and where do we start?
Get tested as soon as possible. The average American can take as many as 5 to 7 years before attending to their auditory health and often when the damage has already occurred. At Absolute Audio, we can get you started in the right direction and we have plans available dependent upon your needs. Our team works to evaluate and test your hearing ability and prescribe the best course of action for you. Technology and research are fast progressing in the field of hearing health and there is an abundance of treatments and solutions now. Testing your hearing should take place every 5 years as an adult and every 3 years after the age of 50.
What can we gain with treating hearing loss?
We gain empowerment through with education, proper hearing practices and hearing devices. We take our hearing for granted, often assuming that once it is in decline it is a situation we just learn to live with. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
We sustain and strengthen our personal and professional relationships and increase our confidence. The negative correlation between hearing loss and your income have been substantiated by the Hearing Health Institute and the CDC. Hearing loss when left to progress culminates in impaired productivity, higher unemployment, and lower wages. Our day to day tasks and communications are dependent upon our ability to discern and prioritize the important and necessary information for us to be efficient and productive.
We gain confidence in our performance with the appropriate treatment, and hearing devices will help us to achieve and maintain success in both our work and social life. We can enjoy communicating with loved ones in family gatherings again or making that crucial phone call to a business colleague!
Do you, or anyone you are close to, have any concerns or questions?
We at Absolute Audio welcome your call! We can begin the investment, maintenance, and sustenance of a wholesome, healthy life of hearing now and in your future – with your first appointment.