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If you’re like most, you’ve likely been postponing your hearing test. You may even have had others advise that you get one but you keep finding excuses not to go.

If so, we’re going to try to convince you to begin the new year by finally getting that hearing test. As you’ll see, getting a hearing test is quick and easy, and if you do have hearing loss, correcting it does wonders for your overall health and happiness—not to mention it gets everyone off your back.

So here’s our case for why you should arrange for a hearing test as soon as possible.

Our top 10 reasons to get your hearing tested are:

1. The hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour – it’s easy to book an appointment, and having your hearing tested requires less time than it takes to go shopping for groceries. Instead of having it continually in the back of your mind, call today and set up your consultation.

2. If your hearing is normal you can rub it in – if the hearing test demonstrates that your hearing is normal, you can tell your family members and friends that they really ARE mumbling.

3. You may, in fact, have hearing loss and not realize it – hearing loss builds up gradually, so the person afflicted is in most cases not the first to notice. That implies there’s a good chance your loved ones were right when they suggested that you get a hearing test in the first place.

4. Hearing loss gets worse over time and is best treated early – the hearing you lose cannot be totally restored, but hearing aids can help reverse the process and stimulate the areas of the brain involved with speech and sound processing.

5. Hearing loss may be an indicator of other health issues – hearing loss is typically caused by direct exposure to loud noise or by the normal aging process. But on occasion, hearing loss is a symptom of a more dangerous underlying cardiovascular or neurological condition. In any event, your hearing health is deeply linked to your overall well-being.

6. You can preserve and improve your mind and memory – recent studies by Johns Hopkins University have linked hearing loss to cognitive decline, memory issues, and even dementia. But a recent study has also demonstrated that enhancing sound stimulation to the brain may help to keep your mind strong.

7. You can elevate your mood – researchers have found a strong link between hearing loss and depression, but research also demonstrates that individuals with hearing loss that use hearing aids have less depressive symptoms and greater social engagement.

8. You’ll be more outgoing and social – If you do have hearing loss and can be helped by hearing aids, you may detect an alteration in your social behavior. Those with better hearing have been found to be more extroverted and less reserved in groups, which promotes both mood and physical health.

9. You’ll have better conversations – hearing loss in most cases affects speech comprehension to the greatest degree, interfering with conversations. If you’re fed up with having to say “what” all the time, it may be time for a hearing test.

10. You can make more money – a study by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that people with hearing loss, on average, earn $12,000 less per year compared to those with normal hearing, based on the degree of hearing loss. However, the study also found that the use of hearing aids canceled out these income effects by 50 percent.

As the research continues to pour in, it will only confirm how fundamental hearing health is to our overall quality of life. So if you care about your health, your relationships, and your total well-being, this is the time to take action.

So how about it? For the benefit of your health and happiness and for those around you, arrange for your hearing test today!