Every year brings on new health tests – depending on your age, of course. But it seems the older we get, the more medical testing that must be done on an annual basis. From physicals, to colonoscopies to bone density tests, you start feeling like you’re simply a test subject to science!
But annual tests, especially when we age, are important. They give us a glimpse of our health, and they can catch illnesses early on so treatment or intervention can be started right away. Remember early detection is your best defense!
Even though you get a lot of testing done annually, there is probably one test you’re not getting – but it can make a huge difference to your health.
The vital yearly test you’re not getting
So what test is your doctor leaving out? A hearing test. In fact, if you’re over the age of 50, it’s recommended you check your hearing every year. Why? Well, not only is there a strong correlation between aging and hearing loss, but seniors have the highest percentage of hearing impairment.
There are many types when it comes to hearing loss and many people do not even report hearing impairment as they simply don’t notice a drastic change in their hearing. But you don’t have to lose your hearing to have hearing loss…
Signs that you have hearing loss
Hearing loss can be very subtle, and so people may be able to live their normal lives completely unaware that their hearing is deteriorating. This is why annual hearing tests are so important. Not only can they spot changes in hearing, but means of prevention can be implemented to deter hearing loss.
Factors of hearing loss
There are many factors to consider when dealing with hearing loss in seniors. Besides age, determinants including gender, family history, race and occupation all play a role.
Although you may know the risks of hearing loss, without proper testing you won’t know for sure the severity or how your hearing measures up.
Consequences of hearing loss
Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your hearing. It affects your mental state and overall well-being. Hearing loss has been tied to social isolation, which we know can greatly impact health. Hearing loss can also affect your ability to work, understand others and enjoy life, like listening to music or even the voices of loved ones.
These are all areas which can harm your health. It’s vital then to stay up to date with your ability to hear.
If you’re over the age of 50, get your hearing checked annually. I can’t stress this enough! This can gage the level of your hearing and uncover any impairment that may occur year after year.
Although hearing loss caused by aging can’t be stopped, you can slow down the impairment. Such practices like avoiding loud noises or wearing protective ear gear can deter further hearing loss.
So if you want to preserve your hearing as you age, start adding hearing tests to your annual roster of medical exams.