From preparing meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to have your hearing evaluated. And perhaps you don’t even recognize any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss
Because hearing loss typically progresses gradually, many people don’t realize how bad it has become. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowing is half the battle.
Having your hearing tested can be eye-opening. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to keep it from getting worse.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently managing chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
You might have gradually forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been experiencing moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat what they said when they speak to you is something you may not even remember.
You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
You can find out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing test. In most situations, we can help improve your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Perhaps you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. 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 type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.
4. You May be at Risk Already
Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and older. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It isn’t simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at a higher risk:
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Work at a loud job
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
All of these day-to-day activities can lead to hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of how old you are.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Falls that result in injuries
Getting your hearing tested is about more than just your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Restored
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with a person who has ignored their hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. Everyone will get irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers versus needing to constantly repeat themselves.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.