From preparing meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Having your hearing Examined probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. You Can Prevent Further Hearing Loss
Many individuals don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. Over time, without even realizing it, they start 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 checked can be eye-opening. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you may have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.
If you are suffering from moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently managing chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by using ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and reducing your exposure.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. You might not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
You can figure 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 use it. You may not feel like it improves your listening experience. Having your hearing retested 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 correctly adjusted.
4. It’s Possible That You’re Already at Risk
Thirteen percent of people 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 55 to64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about aging. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.
If you engage in the following things, you’re at a higher risk:
- Work at a noisy job
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Mow the lawn
All of these day-to-day activities can result in hearing loss. If you notice a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a considerably higher chance of the following:
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Falls that result in injuries
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
Getting your hearing tested is about more than just your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Restored
Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, family and friends might start to exclude you from gatherings.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing exam and that’s the good news.