Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and hectic. Getting your hearing Analyzed probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you don’t even recognize any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.

You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Because hearing loss often progresses slowly, many individuals don’t realize how bad it’s become. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without knowing it. In the meantime, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

Getting your hearing tested can be eye-opening. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its progression.

If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss progression.

Your ears will be protected from further harm by wearing ear protection when exposed to loud sounds and reducing your exposure.

2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have slowly forgotten how much you love listening to music. 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 experiences.

Having a hearing exam allows you to measure your level of hearing loss. In most situations, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You may not think they help very much. Visiting a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-checked will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your individual listening needs.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly due to environmental factors. It isn’t just something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

If you take part in the following things, you’re at a higher risk:

  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Shoot firearms
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Have a loud job
  • Go to plays, movies, and concerts

Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing examined by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher chance of the following:

  • Depression
  • Falls that cause injuries
  • Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
  • Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
  • Missing or skipping doctor appointments
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Anxiety
  • Social isolation (preferring to be alone)

Getting your hearing checked is about more than just your hearing.

6. Rebuild Strained Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more common for misunderstandings to occur. The situation is frustrating for everybody. Resentment and regret may be the result. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, family and friends may begin to exclude you from get-togethers.

But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing exam and that’s the good news.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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