Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to preparing food to social events. Getting your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Many individuals don’t recognize how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. Over time, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without knowing it. And because they don’t realize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
Getting your hearing tested can be eye-opening. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you might have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.
If you are enduring moderate hearing loss, you will want to know how to keep it from getting worse.
Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.
Reducing your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. You may not recall what it’s like to have a conversation without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
Having a hearing test allows you to measure your level of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.
3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You might not feel like it improves your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-evaluated will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are adjusted for your individual listening needs.
4. You Might be 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 55 to64. Hearing loss is typically caused by environmental factors. It isn’t simply about aging. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
If you take part in the following activities, you’re at a higher risk:
- Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Shoot firearms
- Mow the lawn
- Have a noisy job
Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these ordinary activities. If you see a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Falls that cause injuries
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Restore Strained Relationships
Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to happen. Everyone will get irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Rather than continuously having to repeat themselves, friends and family might begin to exclude you from gatherings.
But here’s the good news, having your hearing tested will help mend troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from occurring again.