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When people notice a change in their vision, they usually make an appointment with the eye doctor and get a prescription for glasses. It can be an easy fix, readily accepted by most. But what is it about hearing that makes some people avoid having it checked and easily improved?

May is better hearing month, so now’s the time to make that appointment for a free hearing evaluation at Eye Surgeons Associates. Changes in hearing go hand in hand with changes in vision and there are solutions that can help you hear and see at a higher comfort level.

People tell me from time to time, “I hear what I want to hear.” Hmmm, how do they know, if they aren’t hearing everything? What are the consequences of neglecting to treat hearing loss and what are the advantages of treating hearing loss sooner rather than later?

First, we need to remember that the brain is interpreting the sounds or signals that make up speech. When a person has a hearing loss there are signals that are not being relayed to the brain. Our brain is like any other muscle in our body, it needs a workout. Without it, it tends to deteriorate. That old saying, “If you don’t use it, you may lose it,” definitely applies to your hearing. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging have also linked hearing loss with an increased risk of developing dementia and losing cognitive skills faster. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.

Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression and anxiety. It can affect work as well. One study found that improving hearing using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. 1

Don’t wait. Addressing hearing loss can improve your quality of life, your health and your activity level. If you have a hearing loss, it is in your best interest to be tested by a hearing healthcare professional. It’s an easy process; you don’t have to study and the evaluation doesn’t include any needles. Should it be determined that hearing aids are the best option, it is always better to receive that help sooner than later.

BIO: Kyle Kuhlman is a licensed hearing instrument specialist with Eye Surgeons Associates. His expertise is specifically in late onset nerve deafness in ranges from very mild to severe.

1 .Forever young: 5 ways treating hearing loss can revitalize your life.

The material contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.

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