Onalaska, WI (WXOW) – We talk a lot about the sights and smells of summer, but what about the sounds? If you’re straining to enjoy, you might want to get things checked out during this National Better Hearing Month.
Tom Vierling from the Better Hearing Center in Onalaska discussed how hearing checks should be viewed in the same regard as annual eye or dental exams. He said Better Hearing Center is offering free testing during the month of May to help establish a baseline and detect any hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be a precursor to other health problems, according to Vierling. He cites statistics that show those with even a small amount of hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia and are three times more likely to have a fall. When it comes to modern hearing aids, Vierling said some include technology that can detect a fall and send a text to a caregiver alerting them to help.