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When should I get a hearing aid?

A hearing healthcare professional can tell you for sure if you have a hearing loss. Here are a few everyday signs that can help you decide if you need your hearing tested by a professional.

If you answered yes to even a few of these, it’s probably a good idea to have your hearing checked professionally.
And don’t worry.  It’s easy.

Can I wait a bit longer to get hearing aids?
It’s tempting to wait, but here are three good reasons not to:

1

Your brain will thank you for it.
The longer you wait, the harder it is for your brain to get used to hearing aids and to re-learn certain sounds. The sooner you start using hearing aids, the better chance you will give your brain to adapt and re-learn sounds you may not have been hearing for a while.

2

Life’s better when you hear better.
Research from the National Council of Aging shows that when people begin to use hearing aids, they experience improvements in their lives, including their mental health, sense of independence, social life and, yes, even their sex lives.

3

Hearing loss is linked with dementia.
Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging. Precise reasons aren’t yet known, but auditory deprivation may be an underlying cause. According to researchers, simply using hearing aids could help.

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Check your own hearing now

A hearing healthcare professional can tell you if you have a hearing loss: in the meantime, take this quick self-assessment to screen your own hearing.

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