From cooking meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing evaluated. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. You Can Prevent Additional Hearing Loss
Many people don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so gradually. Over time, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
Having your hearing tested can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.
If you are suffering from moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.
Exercising, lowering your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat what they said when they talk to you is something you may not even recall.
You may 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 assessment. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.
3. You May Enhance 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 re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the right hearing aid for your type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.
4. You May be at Risk Already
And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It’s not simply about getting old. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
If you participate in the following activities, you’re at a higher risk:
- Mow the lawn
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Work at a loud job
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Shoot firearms
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of how old you are.
5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher risk of the following:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is aggravating for everyone. Bitterness and regret might follow. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers rather than needing to continuously repeat what they said.
But here’s the good news, getting your hearing checked will help restore troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.