Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to preparing food to social activities. Getting your hearing Examined most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:
1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss
Because hearing loss often advances gradually, many individuals don’t realize how bad it has become. Over time, without even noticing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. 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 get your hearing tested. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to reverse the damage already done.
If you are enduring moderate hearing loss, you will want to know how to stop it from getting worse.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you may have slowly forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even remember.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
You can learn just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing exam. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You may not feel like it helps your listening experience. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the correct hearing aid for your kind and level of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.
4. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already
Thirteen percent of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing impairment in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It’s not simply something that occurs when you get older. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.
If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at an increased risk:
- Attend concerts, plays, or movies
- Work at a noisy job
- Shoot firearms
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Mow the lawn
- Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher risk of the following:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Repair Strained Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with someone who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to occur. Everyone will get aggravated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously having to repeat themselves, family and friends might begin to exclude you from gatherings.
But here’s the good news, getting your hearing checked will help restore troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from occurring again.