From preparing meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing examined. And perhaps you don’t even detect 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 typically progresses gradually, many people don’t recognize how bad it’s become. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.
But knowing is half the battle.
It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing checked. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its progression.
It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently controlling chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by using ear protection when subjected to loud noises and reducing your exposure.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
You may have gradually forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat what they said when they talk to you is something you might not even recall.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most situations, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You may not feel like it improves your listening experience. Having 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 effectively adjusted.
4. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already
13% 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 typically to blame. It’s not just something that happens when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
If you engage in the following things, you’re at an increased risk:
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Shoot firearms
- Mow the lawn
- Have a noisy job
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
Every one of these daily activities can cause hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing examined by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
Individuals with neglected hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing someone who has neglected hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. Everyone will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, family and friends may start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.