Get Checked this Health Awareness Month
As we enter Health Awareness Month, it is important to ensure that you have regular health checkups from your healthcare professionals to ensure your optimal health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have avoided visiting healthcare professionals in order to keep safe. It is important to ensure that you visit your medical doctor for annual checkups, as well as visiting your local audiologists and optometrists, to ensure that your hearing and vision, in addition to your general health, are in peak condition.
The Importance of a Medical Checkup
Regular checkups, or screenings, allow doctors to diagnose conditions in the early stages in order to prevent diseases from progressing.. It also helps doctors give early diagnoses if they already have a well established idea of your “normal”, as they can easily spot irregularities and further investigate the cause before the problem progresses. Regular health checks can prevent chronic illness by implementing early interventions, which will save you money and permanent health problems in the future.
The Importance of Hearing Checkups
Previously we have highlighted The Relationship between Car Servicing and Hearing Checkups in order to put into perspective how you should not neglect your hearing health. There are many benefits to having a yearly hearing test. Just as with other health screenings, a hearing exam is your opportunity to ask questions, and to be informed about the risks you face as you grow older. An annual hearing test allows you and your hearing care provider a chance to:
- Identify issues. Each hearing test you take acts as a baseline for all the tests you have in the future, allowing your hearing specialist to instantly see any changes or warning signs. At your appointment there is an opportunity for them to remove any ear wax buildup and discuss the best course of treatment should any hearing loss be detected.
- Diagnose conditions. Hearing loss can be a stand-alone condition, or it could be caused by a medical problem. Many diseases and medical ailments can cause hearing loss as a side effect, and a hearing evaluation can be the first step toward whole-body health. If your hearing is being drowned out by a ringing in your ears, a hearing specialist can also diagnose the cause of your tinnitus, and determine if you need medical care to treat the underlying problem.
- Get treatment. If your test reveals that you have a hearing loss, treatment may commence immediately at the site of your diagnosis. If needed, a wide variety of hearing aids are available to treat all types and degrees of hearing loss. These could include in-the-ear devices that are not easily visible. Hearing specialists can guide you through your options and help you decide which models and accessories will complement your lifestyle.
- Prevent further losses. The longer hearing loss goes undetected, the worse the condition will get. To make matters worse, progressive hearing loss is correlated with other life-altering conditions, such as depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and isolation. Untreated hearing loss can also contribute to faster rates of brain atrophy, since the sound processing centers of the brain begin to shut down if they do not receive information. Fortunately, many of these conditions can be reversed with hearing aid treatment and hearing restoration therapy if hearing loss is identified and treated early.
Another aspect to take into consideration, is to ensure that you clean your ears regularly should you experience excessive ear wax, using an earigator – it is recommended that this procedure is administered by a professional. This will aid in the removal of wax buildup, which can improve hearing. For more information on this you can take a look at our blog post: Have your ears cleaned professionally.
The Importance of Optometry Checkups
Eye examinations check for the visual function for proximal vision as well as distance vision. Basic visual screening identifies if and when one will need to start using glasses for the first time. It also indicates the corrections needed periodically based on improvement or deterioration of visual function over the years. In addition to near-sightedness and far-sightedness, optometrists also look for any other ocular symptoms.
Issues such as astigmatism, even though very common, are oftentimes very disturbing in daily life. More than 75% cases of blindness are preventable if identified in time. While eye examinations have so much to offer, they are not of much use if not done regularly. Many of the ocular symptoms and conditions, once developed fully, are irreversible or very difficult to cure at a later stage. Therefore, thorough examination of lens, retina, and optic nerve are pivotal parts of a regular full eye check-up. Cataract is a condition causing the lens of the eye to become opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Timely identification of cataract, and the lens replacement surgery are essential to restore normal vision.
Retinal detachment, a medical emergency, can lead to complete blindness, if not treated appropriately in a timely manner. Early spotting of any such development during regular eye examinations can prove to be a boon. A full eye check-up also has the capability to identify the conditions including, but not limited to, strabismus (misaligned/crossed eyes), amblyopia (inconsistent processing of images by brain from both the eyes), and age-related macular degeneration.