Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. Having your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:
1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Because hearing loss typically progresses slowly, many people don’t grasp how bad it has become. As time passes, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. In the meantime, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to learn how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently controlling chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing ear protection during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize
You might have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even recall.
You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
Having a hearing examination allows you to evaluate your level of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You might not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the correct hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.
4. You Might be at Risk Already
13% of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing impairment in both ears. Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are experiencing disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t simply about aging. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
If you participate in the following activities, you’re at a higher risk:
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Work at a loud job
- Shoot firearms
- Mow the lawn
- Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Attend movies, plays, or concerts
All of these everyday activities can lead to hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Falls that cause injuries
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
Getting your hearing checked is about more than just your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Restored
Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is aggravating for everybody. Resentment and regret could be the result. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers versus needing to continuously repeat themselves.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.