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An annual hearing test should be part of your healthcare routine. You visit your primary care physician, your dentist and your eye doctor for regular check ups, why are your ears any different?

Hearing loss is gradual.

Hearing loss usually happens slowly over the course of many years. This makes it hard to detect when you aren’t hearing like you used too. Family and friends often notice first. But most hearing loss sufferers will deny they have a problem for 7 to 10 years before they decide to address it.

Early detection is key.

If you get an annual hearing test you will be able to address your hearing loss early. Nothing good comes from waiting 7 to 10 years to treat hearing loss. The longer you wait the more sounds your brain will ‘forget.’ Leaving you with a more difficult adjustment period when you do finally get hearing aids.

Even if you don’t feel your hearing has changed, it is a good idea to have an annual hearing test when you reach age 55. This is when many people start to experience age related hearing loss. If you get a baseline test at 55 you will have something to compare with each year, incase your hearing does start to decline.

Hearing loss impacts your health.

Hearing loss has been linked to a number of health conditions including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea and brain shrinkage. Your ears are linked to so many other body systems. When you ignore your hearing loss you are also damaging other parts of your body.

Hearing loss impacts your happiness.

When it becomes difficult to hear, most people begin to withdraw from social situations. This leaves hearing loss sufferers feeling isolated and often leads to depression. Communication is key to many personal relationships. When you have difficulty understanding loved ones, they can easily become frustrated and refrain from sharing with you.

If you already wear hearing aids, it’s still important to get an annual hearing test. Your hearing will change over time. A hearing test will help your hearing specialist adjust your aids to any changes. Then you will know you are always hearing your best.

In short, it’s important to get an annual hearing test to maintain your health and quality of life.