Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You’ll always sound precocious
Now that I have your attention, when was the last time you had your hearing tested?
Most of us haven’t had our hearing tested since we were 5-years old going to kindergarten. But, I think it’s safe to say that since that time, we’ve had our eyes, our teeth, our blood pressure and so on checked. People neglect their hearing even though it’s one of our most important senses. Hearing connects us with our friends, our family and our world.
You should not wait until you feel like you have a hearing loss to get your hearing tested. By being proactive and having your hearing tested routinely, you can establish a baseline to use as a reference if you notice a change in the future. Prevention and early detection of hearing loss is key. Early detection and correction of hearing loss is essential to keep hearing pathways to the brain in good condition. If hearing loss is not treated, these pathways may deteriorate over time. You may also become more sensitive to sounds and withdrawal from social situations leading to depression, isolation and cognitive decline. Unfortunately, the research shows that people wait on average 7-8 years after noticing decreased hearing before seeking help.
You should have your hearing tested by an Audiologist. An audiologist has at least a Masters degree from an accredited university and are registered with a provincial and/or federal association. An audiologist can detect any red flags that may arise during a hearing test which require further investigation and can also make appropriate recommendations.
If you have not had your hearing tested lately, schedule an appointment with an Audiologist today!