In 2016, five million Australians paid for a doctor's visit in an average four week period, according to a Roy Morgan study1. If looking after our health is so important, why are more and more Australians failing to get a hearing check up?
Looking after our hearing health is just as important. Discover four reasons why you should book a hearing assessment today.
Your job performance can improve
In any career, following instructions, presenting information and communication are all vital components to a successful working life. But if you don't have strong hearing abilities, your career can be affected. You may miss out on promotions and advancements due to not having the capacity to keep up with other employees and may be perceived as distracted and rude by management. Even worse, accidents may be caused due to lack of understanding.
Individuals with hearing loss in the workplace have an increased risk of premature retirement, reduced chance of employment and are more likely to be unproductive at work than those with better hearing, according to the 2017 Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) report2. As a result, hearing loss was found to incur productivity costs of $3,566 per employee, with 72 per cent due to reduced employment2.
A study from the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) discovered that 81 per cent of hearing aid wearers found their hearing aids to be useful on the job3.
81 per cent of hearing aid wearers found their hearing aids to be useful on the job.
Depression symptoms could decrease
No matter how hard you try, if you can't hear properly, you may start to get resentful and choose to isolate yourself from friends and family to avoid embarrassment and hassle. Although this may seem easier and remove struggle, it can actually lead to depression.
Mental illness affects one in five Australians aged between 16 – 86 in any given year, according to Black Dog Institute4.
But, did you know that by treating your hearing, you could also help treat symptoms of depression? Researchers from several universities in America found that by fitting participants with hearing aids or cochlear implants that their depressive rating fell by around 30 per cent5.
The risk of dementia is lowered
There are nearly half a million people in Australia living with dementia, according to Health Direct6. Although age-related hearing loss is inevitable and a condition affecting 50 – 60 per cent of Australians over the age of 607, wearing hearing aids could decrease the risk of dementia.
A study in America followed participants for as long as 18 years in order to test the link between cognitive health and hearing loss. The results showed that the worse the initial hearing loss, the more likely the person was to develop dementia – in some cases, even twice as likely8.
The worse the initial hearing loss, the more likely the person was to develop dementia.
Modern day hearing aids are discreet and highly effective
In this day and age, those living with hearing loss can enjoy a broad range of hearing aids that are stylish, discreet and extremely effective.
Hearing aids work to amplify sounds, allowing those living with hearing impairments to enjoy better and clearer listening. Unfortunately, of those who need hearing aids, only one in four Australians actually wear one.
Adelaide Digital Hearing Solution are proud to stock one of the world's most technically advanced hearing aids – Oticon OpnTM. Even in the most challenging listening environments, the Oticon OpnTM improves speech understanding by 30 per cent.
A hearing test can significantly improve your state of life. Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions are proud to offer hearing assessments at no cost* to those over the age of 26. Call the team on 1800 940 982 or click here to book.
1Roy Morgan, More patients using internet to self-diagnose or get a second opinion. Accessed October 2017
2HCIA, THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COST OF HEARING LOSS IN AUSTRALIA. Accessed October 2017
3EHIMA, EuroTrak UK 2015. Accessed October 2017
4Black Dog Institute, Facts & figures about mental health. Accessed October 2017
5Hear-it, Hearing aids and cochlear implants significantly improve depressive symptoms caused by untreated hearing loss. Accessed July 2017
6Health Direct, Dementia statistics. Accessed October 2017
7The National Foundation for the Deaf, Age-related hearing loss. Accessed October 2017
8 The Jama Network, Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia. Accessed October 2017