Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to preparing food to social activities. It probably seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing tested. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. You Can Stop Further Hearing Loss
Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. Over time, they begin 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 worsen their hearing loss.
But knowing is half the battle.
Having your hearing tested can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.
Your ears will be protected from further damage by wearing ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and limiting your exposure.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you may have slowly forgotten how much you love listening to music. You may not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
Having a hearing exam allows you to evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to use it. You might not think they help much. Having your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the best hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.
4. You May be at Risk Already
Thirteen percent of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5% are experiencing disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly caused by environmental factors. It’s not 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
- Have a loud job
- Hunt or target shoot with firearms
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
Hearing loss can be caused by any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing checked 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 Benefit Your Total Health
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a considerably higher risk of the following:
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Falls that cause injuries
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Tense Relationships Can be Restored
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing someone who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more common for misunderstandings to occur. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Bitterness and regret might follow. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings rather than needing to constantly repeat what they said.
But here’s the good news, getting your hearing checked will help restore stressed relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.