From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. It probably seems like there’s not enough time to have your hearing tested. And perhaps you don’t even recognize any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. You Can Prevent Additional Hearing Loss
Because hearing loss typically advances slowly, many people don’t recognize how bad it’s become. After a while, without even noticing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. All the while, 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. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.
It will be helpful to learn 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.
Reducing your exposure to loud sounds and wearing ear protection during noisy activities will further protect your inner ears from additional damage.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
You may have gradually forgotten your love for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat what they said when they speak to you is something you may not even remember.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
You can learn just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing test. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might not think they help much. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-evaluated will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are adjusted for your individual listening requirements.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Hearing loss is commonly due to environmental factors. It’s not simply something that occurs when you get older. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.
Your at an elevated danger if you are involved in any of these activities:
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Attend plays, concerts, movies
- Mow the lawn
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Have a noisy job
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as possible 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 ignore your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher chance of the following:
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Falls that cause injuries
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Tense Relationships Can be Restored
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with a person who has ignored their hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. The situation is frustrating for everybody. Regret and resentment can be the result. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.