From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Evaluated probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Because hearing loss typically advances slowly, many people don’t recognize how bad it has become. Over time, without even realizing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. And because they don’t realize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.
But knowing is half the battle.
Having your hearing examined can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to understand how to keep 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.
Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by using ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and limiting your exposure.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize
You may have slowly forgotten your love for music if you’ve been experiencing 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 might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
Having a hearing exam lets you evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.
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 might not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-examined will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your individual listening needs.
4. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already
Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly the result of environmental factors. It’s not simply about aging. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.
Your at an increased risk if you are involved in any of these activities:
- Work at a loud job
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
- Mow the lawn
- Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these common activities. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Rebuild Strained Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more common for misunderstandings to happen. Individuals will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.
But the good news is, having your hearing examined will help mend troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from occurring again.