Benefits of an Early Hearing Test
Regardless of your age, untreated hearing loss can take its toll, it tends to come on so gradually that it tricks you into obliviousness and robs you of more than you realize, sooner than you realize. Hearing loss is the fastest growing, and one of the most prevalent, chronic conditions facing Canadians today.
According to Statistics Canada, more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability (StatsCan, 2002). A study for WorkSafe BC found that 25 percent of young people entering the workforce had the early warning signs of hearing loss (WorkSafe BC, 2005), illustrating that hearing loss is affecting people at younger and younger ages. Fortunately, hearing test are readily available at Soundwave Hearing Care.
A hearing (audiometric) test is part of an ear exam that tests how well a person is able to hear, by measuring how well sound can reach the brain. Hearing starts as vibrations in the air around us. The vibrations make sound waves, which vibrate at a certain speed (frequency) and have a certain height (amplitude). The vibration speed of a sound wave determines how high or low a sound is (pitch). The height of the sound wave determines how loud the sound is (volume). Hearing happens when these sound waves travel through the ear and are turned into nerve impulses. These tests help find what kind of hearing loss you have, measure how well you can hear sounds that reach the inner ear through the ear canal and sounds that are spread through the skull.
Fortunately, 90 percent of hearing loss can be treated with the use of hearing aids and all of the life hacks for better living. Taking care of your hearing yields an incredible return on investment, making getting a hearing test worth it. Here are a few reasons why you should get a hearing test today:
- It may help your pocketbook – a study by the Better Hearing Institute shows that using hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss.
- Your mind may benefit - addressing hearing loss may at least help protect cognitive function, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia.
- Greater zest for life - hearing aid use has a positive effect on relationships and social networks while bringing greater confidence to hearing aid users.