Is It Time for a Hearing Test?
It’s a good idea to get your hearing checked even if you don’t think you’re having any problems hearing. A baseline assessment of your hearing can be used as a comparison years from now when you think you might be having a problem. However, if you find yourself answering yes to the following questions, then it’s definitely time to get your hearing checked.
Do others complain the TV is too loud?
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Hearing Testing, Explained
We’ll begin the visit by asking a series of questions about your medical, work and personal life as it relates to your ears and your hearing. Dr. Pladdys likes to obtain a detailed history of each patient.
The next step is an examination of your ears. We’ll thoroughly examine your outer ear and ear canal for any physical condition that might indicate a need for a medical referral.
What Happens After the Hearing Test?
Hearing Loss & Dementia
Research not only shows a connection between hearing loss and dementia, but a Johns Hopkins study of older adults found that hearing loss actually accelerates brain function decline. Some experts believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Research is ongoing.
Hearing Loss & Your Heart
Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.
Hearing Loss & Depression
Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced between ages 18 to 69. Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.
At the completion of the testing, we’ll provide a detailed explanation of the results. If the results indicate a problem, we’ll provide you with a series of recommendations. It is our belief that your journey to better hearing should be a partnership with you and your hearing healthcare provider. This visit is just the first step on your path to better hearing.