From preparing meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to have your hearing examined. And maybe you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:
1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Many individuals don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. As time passes, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. And because they don’t realize they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that make their hearing loss worse.
But knowing is half the battle.
It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing checked. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to learn how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, reducing 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’re Missing More Than You Know
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even remember.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
Having a hearing test lets you evaluate your level of hearing loss. 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 might not want to wear it. You may not think they help much. Visiting a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-examined will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your individual listening requirements.
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 between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
If you take part in the following things, you’re at an increased risk:
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Have a loud job
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Shoot firearms
- Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
All of these day-to-day activities can trigger hearing loss. If you observe a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
People with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Falls that result in injuries
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
Getting your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing a person who has ignored their hearing loss. It’s more common for misunderstandings to take place. People will get aggravated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret may follow. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to constantly repeat themselves.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing exam and that’s the good news.