From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Having your hearing Analyzed probably 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 put it off:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided
Because hearing loss often progresses gradually, many individuals don’t grasp how bad it has become. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle 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 knowledge is power.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to learn how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently managing chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
You may have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. You may not recall what it’s like to have a conversation without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.
You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
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 Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might not think they help very much. Having your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the right hearing aid for your type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and older. Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are suffering from disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not just something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.
Your at an elevated risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Mow the lawn
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Work at a noisy job
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Hunt or target shoot with firearms
Every one of these everyday activities can lead to hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing at any age, you should get your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve
If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher chance of the following:
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Falls that cause injuries
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired
Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is irritating for everyone. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Family members and friends might even exclude you from get-togethers versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing exam and that’s the good news.