Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to preparing food to social activities. Getting your hearing tested most likely doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even recognize any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Because hearing loss typically advances slowly, many individuals don’t grasp how bad it’s become. Over time, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
Getting your hearing examined can be eye-opening. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.
It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively controlling chronic disease, reducing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Reducing your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
If you are dealing with 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 speak to you is something you may not even recall.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
Getting a hearing test lets you assess your level of hearing loss. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.
3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience
Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might 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 best hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It’s not just something that develops when you get older. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.
If you participate in the following things, you’re at an increased risk:
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Attend concerts, plays, or movies
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Shoot firearms
- Mow the lawn
- Have a noisy job
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
People with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:
- Falls that cause injuries
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
Getting your hearing examined is about more than just your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Restored
Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to happen. Everyone will become aggravated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.
But the good news is, having your hearing examined will help repair troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from occurring again.