Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking food to social activities. Getting your hearing Evaluated probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. You Can Prevent Further Hearing Loss
Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without knowing it. And because they don’t recognize 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 examined. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.
Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.
Your ears will be protected from further harm by using ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and limiting your exposure.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
You may have gradually forgotten your love for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. You may not remember what it’s like to have a discussion without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.
You might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most cases, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
If you already use a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You might not think they help much. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you learn if you have the correct hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.
4. You May be at Risk Already
Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and up. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It isn’t simply about getting old. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
If you participate in the following things, you’re at a greater risk:
- Mow the lawn
- Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
- Shoot firearms
- Have a noisy job
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
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 possible.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
Individuals with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Falls that cause injuries
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
Having your hearing tested is about more than just your hearing.
6. Restore Tense Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more common for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is irritating for everybody. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, family and friends may begin to exclude you from gatherings.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.