Why Getting a Hearing Test is a Must-Do in your Sixties
Depending on the life stage you’re entering on your next milestone birthday, your personal physician will present a set of tests they want you to undergo to maintain optimal health. Unfortunately, one important test recommendation some neglect to mention is for your hearing. While you should have your hearing tested regardless of age if you’re experiencing any symptoms of hearing problems (e.g., difficulty understanding conversations held in noisy environments), it should definitely be on your schedule once you enter your 60s. Here are just a few reasons why.
By age 65, one out of three people has some form of hearing loss.
You might assume hearing loss won’t become a concern until your 70s or later. However, hearing difficulties can result from more than presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). If you’re a baby boomer, you were probably exposed to a lot of loud sounds throughout your life ― rock concerts, hi-fi stereos turned up to the maximum, military service ― and it’s a safe bet you didn’t wear hearing protection for any of it. So, it’s a good idea to get your hearing tested as soon as you enter your sixth decade.
It’s not too late to address hearing problems.
“If the damage is already done then what’s the point of a test?” Well, even if a hearing test confirms you have some level of hearing loss, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to lose all of your hearing. A hearing care professional can provide suggestions on how to preserve the hearing you have left. Depending on the form of hearing loss diagnosed, they will present treatment options you might not realize can significantly improve your life.
If you’re still working you need to hear this.
Only 48 percent of US citizens with hearing loss between the ages of 18-64 are employed in the public or private sectors. Even if you are well along in your career, once you develop hearing loss you may find yourself unable to continue climbing the corporate ladder, or even getting knocked down a couple of rungs. Ageism tends to rear its ugly head when workers enter their sixties anyway ― if you start making mistakes because you didn’t hear your boss’s directive or missed vital information shared during a conference call, you could unwittingly paint a target on your own back.
Improve your hearing; improve your relationships.
Hearing loss is not only your problem ― it poses a challenge to everyone in your life. Family and friends have to put up with repeating themselves or raising their voices in conversations with you, and with your misunderstandings of what they just said. If unaware of your condition, some might think you are not paying attention, which could cost you significant relationships in your life. Getting your hearing loss diagnosed and treated demonstrates that you do care and are willing to do what it takes to improve your communication and listening skills.
Diagnosing hearing loss could reveal serious health issues.