Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing checked. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.
You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:
1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Avoided
Because hearing loss normally advances slowly, many people don’t grasp how bad it’s become. Over time, without even noticing it, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle. And because they don’t know they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.
But knowledge is power.
Having your hearing tested can be eye-opening. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you might already have, but you can slow its advancement.
It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively controlling chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
You might have gradually forgotten your appreciation 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 have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite experiences.
Having a hearing test lets you measure your level of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You may not feel like it helps your listening experience. Visiting a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-tested will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your individual listening requirements.
4. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already
13% of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are experiencing debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
If you engage in the following things, you’re at a greater risk:
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Shoot firearms
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
- Mow the lawn
- Have a noisy job
All of these daily activities can trigger hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
People with neglected hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:
- Falls that result in injuries
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Rebuild Strained Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more common for misunderstandings to occur. The situation is aggravating for everyone. Bitterness and regret could be the result. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, friends and family might start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.