Hearing loss is a normal part of aging for many, and acknowledging this can be the first step toward improving your quality of life.

Should I Get My Hearing Tested in My 50s?

by | May 17, 2024 | Hearing Loss

Entering your fifties can be a significant milestone filled with various considerations about your health. One important aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked is your hearing health.

We often encounter individuals in their fifties who are just beginning to notice changes in their hearing. Often people are hesitant to seek help due to the “stigma” associated with hearing loss and hearing aids.

Why Consider a Hearing Assessment in Your 50s?

Many people believe that hearing loss is a condition only affecting the elderly. However, the reality is that hearing loss can begin much earlier and is increasingly common among those in their fifties.

Daily exposure to noise, whether from traffic, machinery, or even loud music, can gradually impair your hearing over time.

Moreover, hearing loss at this age can subtly start impacting your social interactions, professional life, and overall quality of life without you even realizing it.

The Normalcy of Hearing Loss in Your 50s

Hearing loss is a normal part of aging for many, and acknowledging this can be the first step toward improving your quality of life.

Nearly 38 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss, with a significant portion of these individuals being in their 50s.

You are certainly not alone if you are experiencing difficulties in hearing, and more importantly, there are many modern solutions that can help.

Benefits of Early Hearing Assessments

Early Detection and Treatment: Identifying hearing loss early can prevent further deterioration and help maintain your cognitive abilities. Hearing aids and other hearing solutions not only improve your ability to hear but also reduce the cognitive strain of trying to understand speech.

Improved Social and Professional Interactions: Difficulty in hearing can lead to misunderstandings and frustrations at social gatherings and in the workplace. Addressing hearing loss can drastically improve your communication abilities, making interactions more enjoyable and productive.

Enhancement of Overall Well-Being: Hearing well contributes to a better sense of connection with the world around you. Good hearing also improves safety by enabling you to hear alarms, traffic, and other important environmental sounds.

What to Expect during a Hearing Assessment

We ensure that your hearing assessment is thorough and stress-free. Here’s what the process typically involves:

Personalized Consultation:

We discuss your hearing concerns, lifestyle needs, and review your health history, including any family history of hearing loss.

Ear Examination and Cleaning:

Often, wax buildup can contribute to hearing loss. We start with a professional cleaning to ensure the test results are accurate.

Detailed Hearing Test:

You’ll listen to a series of sounds through headphones, which helps us determine the specific frequencies where your hearing might be diminished.

Comprehensive Wellness Assessment:

We go beyond just testing your hearing –we assess how your hearing loss might be affecting other aspects of your life, from your social interactions to your work performance.

Taking the Next Step

Recognizing that you might need assistance with your hearing is a significant and positive step forward. If you are in your fifties and have noticed changes in your hearing, or have never had a hearing test, now is the ideal time to act.

If this discussion resonates with you, please consider scheduling a comprehensive hearing assessment with North Houston Hearing Solutions. Taking this step can help safeguard your hearing and also your overall future, allowing you to continue enjoying every aspect of your life fully.

Contact us today to book your appointment, or if you prefer, request a callback to discuss how we can meet your specific hearing needs. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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