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If you’re like most, you’ve probably 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 notice, having your hearing tested is fast and easy, and if you do have hearing loss, correcting it does wonders for your all-around health and happiness—not to mention it gets everyone off your back.

So here’s our case for why you should arrange a hearing test right away.

Our top 10 reasons to get your hearing tested are:

1. The hearing test is painless and takes under an hour – it’s easy to arrange an appointment, and getting your hearing tested takes less time than it takes to shop for groceries. Instead of having it continually 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 certifies that your hearing is normal, you can tell your friends and family members that they really ARE mumbling.

3. You might, in fact, have hearing loss and not realize it – hearing loss builds up progressively, so the person affected is almost always not the first to notice. That means 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 promptly – the hearing you lose cannot be completely recovered, but hearing aids can help reverse the process and stimulate the parts of the brain involved with sound and speech processing.

5. Hearing loss may be an indication of other health issues – hearing loss is ordinarily 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 heavily connected to your total 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 problems, and even dementia. But a recent study has also established that enhancing sound stimulation to the brain may help to keep your mind sharp.

7. You can enhance your mood – researchers have discovered a strong association between hearing loss and depression, but research also demonstrates that people with hearing loss that use hearing aids have less depressive symptoms and heightened 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 observe a change in your social habits. 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 normally affects speech comprehension to the greatest degree, interfering with conversations. If you’re tired of having to say “what” constantly, it may be time for a hearing test.

10. You can earn more money – a study by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that those with hearing loss, on average, earn $12,000 less per year when compared with 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 come in, it will only validate how fundamental hearing health is to our overall quality of life. So if you are concerned 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!