You suspect you’re suffering from hearing loss. How long does the average person wait before scheduling a hearing test?

  1. Six months
  2. 10 months
  3. Six years
  4. 10 years

Surprisingly, the correct answer is an astounding 10 years. Yes, that’s right; a whole decade of muffled hearing and asking people to repeat themselves. In truth, the main reason people then seek a hearing test is that they just can’t ignore the problem any longer.

Whether to get a hearing test or not is a personal choice, but as it happens entering a state of denial and putting that test off is not a good idea.

Why is this?

1. Greater risk of falls

When you suffer from hearing loss it takes extra concentration to listen hard to pick up every word. That concentration comes at a price because it’s a distraction away from other things going on around and about. The practical impact of this is that there’s an increased risk of trips or falls.

In short, whilst you are concentrating on conversation, you aren’t paying attention to trip hazards.

2. Loss of earnings

Unfortunately, those suffering from hearing loss notice a slippage in earnings when compared to their compatriots. Thus ignoring any problems with your ability to hear can be tantamount to giving money away.

Happily, once that hearing loss is corrected this disparity between the two groups disappears. This means putting off that hearing test is tantamount to giving away money.

3. Longer hospital stays

It is a sad fact that those suffering from hearing loss are more likely to spend longer in hospital, than people with normal hearing. Experts are scratching their heads over this, although the statistics are there in black and white to prove it.

Much like loss of earnings, this trend is reversed once you hearing is corrected, so this unexpected consequence needn’t be suffered.

4. Increased risk of dementia

Because your hearing plays an integral role in your memory, suffering from untreated hearing loss for an extended period of time can put you at a higher risk for developing dementia later in life.

Again, this isn’t a situation you have to put up with, because wearing a device to correct the hearing will reduce the risk of dementia back where it belongs.

Take your hearing health seriously. Schedule an appointment with an audiologist in your area to have your hearing tested today.