Have Your Hearing Examined For These 6 Reasons

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking food to social events. Having your hearing Analyzed probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. After a while, without even noticing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing checked. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.

It will be helpful to learn how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.

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

Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.

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

You may have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been experiencing moderate hearing loss. You may not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.

You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.

You can find out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You may not think they help much. Visiting a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-examined will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your personal listening requirements.

4. You Could be at Risk Already

13% of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It’s not simply something that happens when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.

Your at an increased risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:

  • Work at a loud job
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
  • Attend concerts, plays, or movies
  • Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud

Every one of these everyday activities can cause hearing loss. If you notice a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

People with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:

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

A hearing test is not just about your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing a person who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to occur. People will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret could follow. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers rather than having to constantly repeat what they said.

But the good news is, having your hearing examined will help restore troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from occurring again.

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.