Hearing Associates of Libertyville, IL

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Why is it important to have your hearing assessed on a regular basis? That’s because your general health can be significantly impacted by hearing loss. Your quality of life will be improved, your health will be improved, and you will get proper treatment sooner if you get evaluated regularly.

Getting a hearing test – who should do it?

Your health and well-being can be significantly affected by neglected hearing loss. For example, hearing loss can result in intense social isolation. Even while doing tasks like going to the supermarket, people with hearing loss will often avoid reaching out to family and friends because they have a hard time making out conversations. It might not be shocking that this type of social isolation can result in mental health issues, but it may come as a surprise to find out that it can be harmful to your physical health too.

Other health issues can come from neglected hearing loss also. Numerous chronic conditions, including depression and dementia, have been associated with neglected hearing loss. It’s also been linked to various comorbidities, including diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure.

So scheduling a routine hearing test will be a good strategy for pretty much everybody.

You should get your hearing checked for these four reasons

There are four significant reasons why keeping an eye on your hearing can be worthwhile to your overall health.

1. You can identify the baseline for your healthy hearing

It may seem foolish to take a hearing test while your hearing is still healthy, right? Well, there are a number of good reasons to take a hearing exam early. Your current level of hearing can be determined by a hearing exam and that’s probably the most significant thing. This will make it far easier to identify any changes in the future. Early symptoms of hearing loss usually go undetected because hearing loss usually progresses slowly over time.

Getting a baseline hearing exam will help identify issues long before you notice them.

2. Early diagnosis and treatment is important

Hearing loss is typically a gradual condition, meaning it tends to get worse over time. You’ll have a better prognosis, as a result, if you recognize your hearing loss early. If you treat the condition as early as you can, you will have more positive outcomes.

Early treatment may include anything from taking steps to protect your hearing such as using ear protection in loud settings to using hearing aids. Many of the associated issues like cognitive decline, social isolation, and depression can be avoided with early treatment.

3. Future changes will be easier to measure

Even if you’re diagnosed with hearing loss, that doesn’t mean your hearing will remain static for the rest of your life. Routine hearing tests can help you detect changes as you go along, and make changes to your treatment plan as necessary.

4. Further damage can be avoided

Hearing loss that progresses gradually over time is usually caused by damage. Visiting us regularly to get your hearing assessed helps you detect that damage as early as possible, and it also gives you access to a considerable resource: your hearing specialist. We can give you information, treatments, and best practices that can help keep your hearing as healthy as possible.

For example, we can help you determine ways to protect your ears from day-to-day damage or develop strategies designed to help you keep sounds around you quieter.

What should my hearing exam routine look like?

On the earlier side, adults should put off no longer than their early twenties to begin routine hearing tests. It’s normally standard best practice to get a hearing test every ten years thereafter unless you notice signs of hearing loss or we suggest something more often.

But perhaps you’re thinking: what should I expect at my hearing exam? In general, they’re totally non-invasive procedures. Usually, you simply listen for some tones in a special set of headphones.

We will be able to help you get the treatment you need, whether you need a pair of hearing aids or you just need to protect your ears. And we can help you determine what your hearing test schedule should be.

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