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

If so, we’re going to try to persuade you to begin the new year by finally getting that hearing test. As you’ll see, having your hearing tested is fast 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 set up a hearing test as soon as possible.

Our top 10 reasons to get a hearing test are:

1. The hearing test is pain-free and takes under an hour – it’s simple to set up an appointment, and getting your hearing tested requires less time than it takes to go shopping for groceries. Rather than having it habitually in the back of your mind, call today and set up your appointment.

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

3. You might, in fact, have hearing loss and not recognize it – hearing loss builds up progressively, so the person affected is normally not the first to notice. That means there’s a good chance your family and friends were correct when they suggested that you get a hearing test in the first place.

4. Hearing loss becomes worse over time and is best treated promptly – the hearing you lose cannot be completely restored, but hearing aids can help reverse the process and stimulate the portions of the brain involved in speech and sound processing.

5. Hearing loss may be indicative of other health problems – hearing loss is typically caused by exposure to loud noise or by the normal aging process. But sometimes, hearing loss is a manifestation of a more serious underlying cardiovascular or neurological condition. In either case, your hearing health is deeply connected to your total well-being.

6. You can protect and enhance 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 revealed that increasing sound stimulation to the brain may help to keep your mind sharp.

7. You can elevate your mood – researchers have discovered 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 social and outgoing – If you do have hearing loss and can be helped by hearing aids, you might discover a difference in your social behavior. Those with better hearing tend to be more outgoing and less reserved in groups, which elevates both mood and physical health.

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

10. You can make more money – a study by the Better Hearing Institute found that people with hearing loss, on average, earn $12,000 less per year when compared with those with normal hearing, contingent on the degree of hearing loss. However, the study also found that the use of hearing aids offset 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 sake of your health and happiness and for those around you, book your hearing test today!