From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. It probably seems like there’s not enough time to have your hearing evaluated. And perhaps you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. You Can Prevent Further Hearing Loss
Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. As time passes, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without realizing it. And because they don’t know they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.
Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.
Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by wearing ear protection when exposed 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 going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they speak to you is something you might not even recall.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
You can find out 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 Might Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already use a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You may not think they help very much. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the best hearing aid for your kind and level of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
13% of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about aging. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
Your at a greater danger if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Shoot firearms
- Attend concerts, plays, or movies
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Have a noisy job
- Mow the lawn
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. If you notice a decline in your hearing at any age, you should get your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. It Will Improve Your Overall Health
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a substantially higher risk of:
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Falls that result in injuries
Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Repair Tense Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to occur. Individuals will become irritated with the situation, including you. Resentment and regret might be the result. Friends and family members may even exclude you from gatherings versus having to continuously repeat what they said.
But the good news is, having your hearing examined will help restore troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from occurring again.