Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social events. Having your hearing Examined probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps 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. You Can Stop Further Hearing Loss

Because hearing loss often progresses gradually, many individuals don’t grasp how bad it’s become. Over time, without even realizing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.

But knowledge is power.

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.

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

The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, reducing your blood pressure, and exercising more.

Your ears will be protected from further harm by using ear protection when subjected to loud noises 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 gradually forgotten how much you enjoy 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 find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.

You can learn just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing exam. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

Perhaps you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Getting your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the right hearing aid for your kind and level of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and older. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5% are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about getting old. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.

If you engage in the following things, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Mow the lawn
  • Attend plays, concerts, movies
  • Shoot guns
  • Have a noisy job
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds

Hearing loss can be triggered by any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you notice 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 risk of the following:

  • Falls that result in injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
  • Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
  • Depression
  • Missing or skipping doctor appointments

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 irritated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret might be the result. Rather than constantly needing to repeat themselves, family and friends might start to exclude you from get-togethers.

But the good news is, getting your hearing tested will help restore troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.

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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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