Could hearing loss be secretly affecting your health? A 7-Step Self Evaluation

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Most Americans consider themselves health conscious, or at minimum, health aware - even if we don’t always eat healthy or exercise, we know we should.  

Question:  if hearing loss was having a negative impact on our overall health, how would we know? Our general practitioner or family doctor would tell us, right?

Not necessarily.  

When we don’t hear well, we’re constantly straining and concentrating, which creates stress, fatigue and muscle tension.  This can cause irritation, anger, and resentment which does as much physical damage to our cardiovascular system as physical exertion.  

High blood pressure?  Difficulty sleeping?  Anxiety? Loss of appetite?  Could hearing loss be contributing to these symptoms?

If hearing loss was having a negative impact on our overall health, how would we know? Our general practitioner or family doctor would tell us, right?

Not necessarily.  

So, how do we protect our health?

As we age, physical changes and challenges are inevitable.  

However, we believe that appropriately diagnosing and treating hearing loss is as much a part of our overall health as maintaining a sensible diet and keeping an exercise regimen.  

Your Health Self-Evaluation

  • How would your doctor rate your diet (On a scale of 1-10)?
  • Would you define your lifestyle as ‘physically active’?
  • When was the last time you visited your primary doctor for a check-up?
  • When was the last time you took the time to invest in your health?  
  • What are three goals for your overall health?  (Ex: live to be 100, walk a mile three times a week, replace soft drinks with water, cut back on sugar, etc.)
  • Would you say that your hearing is impacting your health or quality of life?   
  • Have you ever had a hearing evaluation?

ACTION:  Right now, take out a pen and sheet of paper, think about these questions for a moment.  Now, write down your answers.

 

What’s holding you back from taking the next step?  


About the Author:

 Dr. Kurt D. Wright

Dr. Kurt D. Wright

Dr. Kurt D. Wright has been helping people hear better for over 20 years. He is the founding audiologist at Manna Audiology Hearing Center, a hearing clinic which services Charlotte, North Carolina and metro area. He earned his Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D.) from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Augiology from Kent State University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois.  Dr. Wright is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). The Audiological Resource Association (ARA) honored him as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Audiologist Award. 

Dr. Wright has a passion for helping each patient achieve the best hearing possible.

Note: We recommend any health-related actives be planned in partnership with your physician.