6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Checked

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking food to social activities. Getting your hearing tested probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re experiencing hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Because hearing loss normally advances slowly, many people don’t recognize how bad it has become. As time passes, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.

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

Exercising, lowering your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.

Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by wearing ear protection when exposed to loud noises and limiting your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Know

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you may have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even remember.

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

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

3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You may not think they help very much. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-tested will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your personal listening requirements.

4. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and older. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Hearing loss is usually the result of environmental factors. It’s not simply something that happens when you get older. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.

If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Shoot guns
  • Mow the lawn
  • Work at a loud job
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Attend plays, concerts, movies
  • Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle

Every one of these day to day activities can cause hearing loss. 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 how old you are.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher risk of the following:

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

Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.

6. Restore Strained Relationships

Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. Individuals will get aggravated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret could be the result. Rather than continuously having to repeat what they said, friends and family might begin to exclude you from gatherings.

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

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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