Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. Having your hearing Examined most likely doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided
Because hearing loss usually progresses slowly, many individuals don’t recognize how bad it has become. As time passes, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without realizing it. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.
It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, reducing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Reducing your exposure to loud sounds and wearing ear protection during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you might have slowly forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. You might not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.
You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
You can determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing test. In most situations, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You may not think they help very much. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you learn if you have the correct hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.
4. You Might be at Risk Already
Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and older. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Hearing loss is commonly caused by environmental factors. It isn’t simply about aging. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
Your at an elevated risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Hunt or target shoot with firearms
- Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Work at a noisy job
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of how old you are.
5. It Will Improve Your Overall Health
If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher risk of the following:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Repair Strained Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing a person who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. People will become aggravated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret may be the result. Rather than continuously having to repeat themselves, friends and family might start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But here’s the good news, having your hearing examined will help repair troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.