It’s finally 2020, which is not only a new year, but a new decade! If you’re like most people across the globe, you probably had some version of a new year’s resolution. If you made a commitment to get healthy in the new year, consider including your hearing health within that resolution. Of course, resolutions only work when we are emotionally invested and committed to them.
For you to be healthy this year, your hearing health should absolutely be a part of your overall plan. Why? Well, aside from your hearing health being one of your primary five senses, your hearing health is very much connected to your long-term brain health as well.
Ask yourself this question: How much do I value my hearing? Like the majority of people who are asked this question, the answer is probably that you value being able to hear very much. And, you most likely would like to continue being able to hear for the remaining years of your life. If you have agreed with my previous statements, you’ll be happy to know that we can help make your life with hearing possible.
It’s true, everyone is busy these days. And, we know that hectic schedules can keep us from making time for annual hearing health checkups. Because we know this, we’ve identified three easy steps for you to take in order to remain proactive with your hearing health in 2020. If you’re ready to get hearing healthy this year, follow our recommendations and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your 2020 new year’s resolution!
Step #1 – Make a Hearing Screening appointment with a local hearing health provider.
The Physicians Hearing Solutions team services the Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut regions and can be reached at (401) 921-0181 to schedule a free hearing screening. They do not bill your insurance and there is no office fee. Once you call to schedule an appointment, all you need to do is go to it! Typically, a hearing screening appointment takes about 30 minutes. Not bad to make sure you can hear!
Step #2 – Get Your Hearing Tested.
At Physicians Hearing Solutions each client is given a hearing screening to establish initial hearing health results. Their hearing health team of professionals includes Audiologists, ENTs, and National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist who walk each patient through the hearing loss process, hearing health options available to suit specific lifestyles and budgets, as well as continued hearing counseling.
Maybe you haven’t been hearing as well as you used to, or someone you love has urged you to get your hearing checked. No matter the reason, the fact is that if you are 50 years old and older, chances are it’s time to see an Audiologist anyway. The good news is that if you aren’t diagnosed with hearing loss, at least you’ll know, and the Audiologist will have a baseline of your hearing abilities to compare the next time you visit. This will allow a hearing health professional to be able to help you more effectively down the line.
Step #3 – Protect the hearing you have left.
If you do get diagnosed with hearing loss, it’s quite possible you are living with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Why? Because NIHL is one of the most common (as well as the most preventable) types of hearing loss. Did you know the average hearing aid user waits a period of 7 to 10 years before seeking hearing loss help and getting hearing aids? According to the National Council on Aging, “Waiting to treat hearing loss can cause a variety of other health issues, including cognitive decline, social isolation, depression and anxiety, among others.”
Many hearing health providers today offer an array of hearing aid options that will work with an individual’s specific hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Many also offer trial hearing aid periods where a patient can try out hearing devices for a period of 30 days without long-term commitment. This provides both the patient and hearing health provider time to assess the situation, make hearing aid programming adjustments, as well as finding the right style for your ear comfort. Investing in hearing instruments now could save you a host of health problems later. Purchasing hearing aids could be the smartest and least expressive thing you do this year!