Hearing health affects so many aspects of a man’s life that routine hearing tests should be part of a healthy lifestyle, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is encouraging hearing tests during Men’s Health Month in June and Men’s Health Week (June 15-21). BHI advises that addressing hearing loss can help men safeguard their well-being and quality of life.
The free, quick, and confidential online hearing check on the Better Hearing Institute website is intended to help men take the first step in addressing their hearing health in the privacy of their own homes, and determining if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.
According to BHI’s announcement that promotes Men’s Health Month, recent research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of life and are more likely to be optimistic, have a strong social network, tackle problems actively, and feel engaged in life. At the same time, says BHI, an increasing number of studies are showing a link between hearing loss and other health conditions.
It has been found that men are more likely than women to suffer from hearing loss, but the vast majority of men and women with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, according to BHI. In fact, most people who currently wear hearing aids report that their aids not only improve their overall ability to communicate effectively in most situations, but also have a positive effect on their relationships. Further, people with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids get more pleasure from participating in activities and are more likely to exercise and meet up with friends to socialize, BHI research shows.
Most hearing aid users in the workforce report that treating their hearing loss has helped their performance on the job, and other research shows that addressing hearing loss can help protect your earnings, says BHI. One study showed that the use of hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically—by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate.
According to BHI, men who want to maintain a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle should know that new technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years. Today’s hearing aids can automatically adjust to all kinds of sound environments and filter out noise. Many are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal. Some are even waterproof, and others are rechargeable. Many are wireless, allowing users to stream sound from smartphones, home entertainment systems, and other electronics directly into hearing aid(s) at volumes that are adjustable.
For more tips and information on why it’s better to treat hearing loss sooner than later, visit the addressing hearing loss page on the Better Hearing Institute’s website. Additional information on Men’s Health Month, can be found at www.MensHealthMonth.org.