From preparing meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing tested probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided
Because hearing loss typically progresses slowly, many individuals don’t recognize how bad it has become. Over time, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without realizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.
But knowledge is power.
Having your hearing tested can be eye-opening. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.
If you are suffering from 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 controlling chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
You may have gradually forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you might not even remember.
You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
Having a hearing examination lets you evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In most cases, we can help improve your hearing.
3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might not think they help very much. Visiting a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-checked will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are adjusted for your individual listening requirements.
4. You Might be at Risk Already
Thirteen percent of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about getting old. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.
Your at an increased danger if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Mow the lawn
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Have a loud job
- Shoot firearms
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
Hearing loss can be triggered 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
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
- Falls that cause injuries
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Tense Relationships Can be Restored
Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is irritating for everyone. Bitterness and regret might follow. Rather than continuously having to repeat themselves, family and friends may start to exclude you from gatherings.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.