Think about all the things that go into making sure you are able to pick up subtle fluctuations in sound every day.Your ears identify frequency, pitch, location and many other details instantly. This is because all of the delicate parts of your ears, and your brain, work together to bring you the wonderful and complex sounds that make up your environment.
Your ears are not just a handy place to put your glasses; they are as unique as your fingerprints. Not only do your ears help pick up sounds, but they enable you to understand and communicate complex ideas; mundane thoughts, and jokes every day. Communicating with others – and being able to have them understand you – is an essential part of human interaction. Even so, your hearing is not just about hearing or communication.
Not surprisingly, studies show that taking are of your hearing has a greater impact on your overall health than previously understood. How quickly would you get to your doctor’s office if you knew that just changing one aspect of your healthcare could strengthen all of your relationships and so much more?
Self Esteem Frustration
Ability to Concentrate Depression
Social Activity Paranoia
Feelings of Self-Worth Social Phobias
Physical Well Being Self Criticism
Overall Health Unexpected Incidents of Falling
The encouraging truth is that all of these areas, many of which are related to aging, can be impacted when you take care of your ears! Taking care of hearing as you age can help to support physical and mental health in subtle and important ways.
For example, the brains’ central auditory system works hard to interoperate and decode the electrical signals sent from inner ears. The complex exercise can strengthen brain health and elasticity, but only when those signals arrive in a clear and timely fashion.
Unfortunately, the incidence of hearing loss has increased rapidly – it’s not the third most common condition in the United States. Although there is an enormous amount of data on the subject, there remains little national attention to good hearing and it’s long-term benefits.
Just as studies have confirmed the importance of good hearing health and attaining emotional and physical well-being as we age, they also suggest that hearing healthcare should be routine, just as it is for eye care and dentistry.
How often do you check your ears?
Most individuals have their eyes and teeth checked regularly but think little of doing the same for their ears! Good hearing health is the best way to keep your ears functioning at their best, most youthful.
In additional to its importance, most individuals remain unaware of the fact that their hearing may be compromised without notice. It is wrong to assume that if a chance in hearing doesn’t bother you, then it doesn’t need to be treated. Many forms of hearing loss are subtle and may only involve difficulty in hearing certain sounds or with a background noise.
The truth of the matter is that an unexpected audiologist can diagnose an unnoticed hearing issue relatively quickly and recommend effective treatment.
Respect your hearing by having an annual hearing exam and your ears will help keep you healthy and tuned in for life. Make an appointment with an audiologist today to find out how you can attain better hearing and be on your way to whole body health!
Elizabeth Protti-Patterson, Au.D