According to a study published in the journal Hearing Technology Assessment, “A simple systematic screen, using an audiometric screening instrument, is acceptable to people in the age range 55-74 years, is likely to provide substantial benefit and may be cost-effective to those in that target group.”
Besides being cost-effective, there are many benefits to getting a hearing test, some of which we review below.
Establish a Baseline
Whether you have hearing loss or not, getting a hearing test when you’re younger can establish a baseline to compare later tests to. This way, your audiologist can monitor changes to your hearing.
Detect Hearing Loss Early
The earlier your audiologist detects your hearing loss, the easier it will be to treat. The average person waits seven or more years before seeking help for their hearing loss, reports the Hearing Loss Association of America. When you wait this long, your brain essentially forgets how to process certain sounds, so when you finally do get hearing aids, it takes longer for your brain to remember what sounds to focus on and which ones to filter out.
Identify Other Medical Conditions
In some cases, hearing loss is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or kidney disease. Like with hearing loss, the sooner these conditions are identified, the more successful treatment will be.
Begin the Journey to Better Hearing
The first step in your journey to better hearing is diagnosing your hearing loss. During a hearing test, your audiologist can identify your exact type and degree of hearing loss, which will be plotted on an audiogram – a visual representation of your hearing loss. Then, they can prescribe the appropriate treatment for your needs.
Improvement in Mental Health
People with untreated hearing loss often suffer from mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. This is because anxiety about mishearing someone can cause you to withdraw from activities you once enjoyed, like festivals and events at Folsom Street. This is a well-known risk factor for depression. Getting a hearing test and treating your hearing loss can help you navigate the world more confidently and improve your mental health.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call San Francisco Audiology today.