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Three unexpected reasons you need to get your hearing checked

May is Better Hearing Month in Canada and the month is just about over so we’ve looked at three fresh reasons for Curl BC members to come into a local Connect Hearing for a free hearing test. You may already know that as your hearing diminishes you lose connection to the sounds you love however, there are other ways hearing loss can impact your life that you may not have considered.

Here are three unexpected ways that treating hearing loss can make a difference in your life.

1. Encourage healthy brain functioning

A study by the hearing experts at Johns Hopkins reports that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal.

“Our results show that hearing loss should not be considered an inconsequential part of aging, because it may come with some serious long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning,” says Frank Lin M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In other words, a reduction in hearing capacity could be a warning sign of other medical issues, which is one reason why it’s important to get tested.

2. Experience warmer relationships

According to a study of hearing aid wearers versus non-hearing aid wearers with hearing loss, hearing aid wearers experience significantly greater interpersonal warmth in their relationships than people who don’t wear hearing aids and who have a hearing loss. Hearing aid wearers and their families also experience less negativity in family relationships, and an increase in positive communications both at home and in the workplace after they are fitted with hearing aids.

3. Perform better at work

Getting your hearing tested can also benefit your career. Conversations and meetings at work can become difficult to follow when you have a hearing loss and high pitched sounds like your phone ringing or meeting notifications can become easier to miss. Modern hearing technology comes packed with innovative features such as wireless connectivity and automatic settings that can recognize and adapt to your listening environment taking you seamlessly from the boardroom to a busy work floor.

So what can I do to support healthy hearing in my life?

1. Get a baseline hearing test. A simple hearing evaluation is used to determine how well you hear at different frequencies. Once you have an initial hearing test for comparison, your hearing care professional will be able to notice changes to your hearing health more easily – possibly before you notice one yourself. Once you have a baseline, get your hearing checked annually just as you would your eyes and teeth – at Connect Hearing it’s free for CurlBC members

2. Protect your hearing. Carry hearing protection such as earplugs with you when going to events or shows and avoid loud noises. Only 10 minutes of exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing – even an average hockey game can reach 120 decibels – that’s as loud as jackhammer!

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