Hearing loss occurs gradually over the years in increments too small to notice. Through the years, the accumulative hearing loss will greatly impact hearing, but the individual will not notice, and family and friends will usually notice first.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 07, 2015
Healthy hearing has been linked to several aspects of an individual’s physical, psychological, and social health, and hearing loss has been found to negatively affect an individual’s total quality of life. But two facts deter most people from getting their hearing evaluated, according to Atlanta Hearing Associates in its recently published article titled When Should I Get My Hearing Tested?
First, hearing loss occurs gradually over the years in increments too small to notice. Through the years, the accumulative hearing loss will greatly impact hearing, but the individual will not notice, and family and friends will usually notice first. Second, most family doctors do not regularly screen for hearing loss as part of the annual physical exam, and hearing loss does not present itself in the quiet setting of the doctor’s office.
Due to these two facts, many people do not notice their own hearing loss and don’t think to get it tested. But because hearing loss gets worse with time, and is best treated early, Atlanta Hearing Associates suggests planning routine hearing tests as part of an overall health plan.
According to Atlanta Hearing Associates, it’s never too early to get a hearing test because it can set up a baseline for later comparison. Hearing is unique to the individual, so it’s crucial to see how hearing changes over time rather than relying on the data of a single test.
After establishing a baseline, individuals should consider getting yearly hearing tests after the age of 55. After the age of 65, one in three people will have some amount of hearing loss, so it’s important to diagnose and correct it before it becomes severe.
Individuals younger than 55 with specific personal risk factors should also consider annual hearing tests. These individuals include employees of high-volume occupations, such as musicians, construction workers, and farmers, who are regularly subjected to loud sounds. Also, anyone who experiences the symptoms of hearing loss—muffled hearing, trouble following conversations, ear pain, dizziness, etc—should schedule a hearing exam.
Atlanta Hearing Associates is encouraging people to schedule routine hearing tests and not to wait until the damage is already done. The truth is that hearing loss is common among all age groups and that many people work and live in the presence of several work-related and everyday risk factors. Hearing loss is permanent, cumulative, and virtually undetectable, but with early treatment it can be effectively treated.
About Atlanta Hearing Associates
Atlanta Hearing Associates is a full-service audiology practice located in Georgia, with four locations in the Atlanta area. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, Atlanta Hearing Associates offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.
Dr. Joy Pritchett
Atlanta Hearing Associates