The Center for Audiology Urges Ringing in the New Year with a Hearing Test

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The hearing center offers four ways addressing hearing loss can make a more promising new year.

Better hearing translates into better quality of life.

The new year is here, and The Center for Audiology is encouraging everyone to start 2015 off on the right note. Dr. Sara Nagel, a Houston audiologist at The Center for Audiology, is encouraging people of all ages to get their hearing tested as part of their annual wellness checkups.

“Addressing hearing loss isn’t just about what you hear,” said Dr. Nagel. “It’s about how you feel and function.”

Learning the status of one’s hearing health and addressing hearing loss are important to quality of life at every age. As older Americans are putting off retirement and staying in the workforce longer, the ability to hear better is becoming all the more important.

Studies show that when people address hearing loss, it can have a positive effect on their home life, self-confidence, relationships, mood, overall health, job performance, and even income. It safeguards quality of life by helping people maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and stay socially and cognitively engaged.

Luckily, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Today’s state-of-the art hearing aids are better than ever. The latest technologies make it easier to hear people and sounds from all directions. Today’s hearing aids are designed to filter out noise, like at crowded restaurants. Many styles are discreet, comfortable or virtually invisible. Some are even waterproof or rechargeable. Perhaps best of all, they’re wireless, helping people of all ages stay connected to their smartphones, home entertainment systems, and other prized electronics—but most importantly, to life.

Those who have resolved to improve their hearing in 2015 are likely to experience some of the following benefits:

1.    Strengthened relationships with family and friends: Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication. Good communication breaks down with untreated hearing loss and improves with hearing aids.

2.    Feeling better about yourself: People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated and depressed. Research shows that when they use hearing aids, many become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, more in control, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.

3.    Keep the mind sharp: Hearing loss has been linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults, and seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time.

4.    Unleash one’s earning potential: Hearing well at work helps employees do their best. People with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be employed than their peers who don’t.

About the company:
The Center for Audiology was established in 2008 with the goal of providing the best in hearing healthcare to the people of Houston and surrounding areas. Along with evidence-based practice and superior customer service, The Center for Audiology's mission includes community outreach and service to encourage early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Dr. Sara Nagel and Dr. Cristina Vallejo have a combined 22 years of experience in treating hearing loss and share a passion for improving quality of life through better hearing.

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