Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. It probably seems like there’s never enough time to have your hearing tested. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t think you’re experiencing hearing loss.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. You Can Stop Additional Hearing Loss
Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so gradually. Over time, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without knowing it. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowing is half the battle.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. There isn’t any way to undo any hearing loss you might have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.
It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
Exercising, reducing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss progression.
Your ears will be safeguarded from further harm by using ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and limiting your exposure.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize
You may have slowly forgotten your love for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even recall.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
Getting a hearing test allows you to measure your degree of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You may not think they help very much. Getting your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you learn if you have the right hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.
4. It’s Possible That You’re Already at Risk
And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not just something that happens when you get older. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.
Your at an increased danger if you are involved in any of these activities:
- Shoot firearms
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
- Work at a loud job
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
All of these everyday activities can trigger hearing loss. If you observe a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a considerably higher chance of the following:
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
- Falls that result in injuries
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Rebuild Strained Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more common. Everyone will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, family and friends might start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.