Do you often ask people to repeat themselves? Are you constantly turning up the television while others are turning it down?
It may be time to have your hearing checked.
There are many good reasons to do so. One very good one most people don’t realize is that those with hearing loss risk losing a good portion of their income, according to a study by the Better Hearing Institute — as much as $30,000 a year. Those who have improved their hearing have also noticed an increase in job performance.
Although the vast majority of people with hearing loss are seniors, don’t think hearing testing is strictly for the elderly. More and more people in their 20s and 30s today suffer from hearing loss due to repeated exposure to loud noise.
There’s also a link between hearing loss and dementia. Those who can’t hear the world around them are more likely to suffer from dementia, as well as depression. Improved hearing with a hearing aid or other means of hearing intervention can keep one engaged and active in the workplace, at home, in group settings with lots of background noise or even riding in a car, says BHI.
Additionally, those who use hearing aids are happier, according to research. They have more confidence, a strong social network and have better relationships. Because they can finally hear others they are able to interact better.
Finally, people with hearing loss who have their hearing tested and utilize hearing aids are shown to be healthier than those who don’t. According to experts, cardiovascular problems are picked up by the ear before any other part of the body because it is sensitive to blood flow, adds BHI. Hearing loss can also initiate or worsen other health problems like depression, sleep apnea and falling.