From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and hectic. Having your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t think you’re afflicted by hearing loss.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Because hearing loss normally progresses slowly, many people don’t recognize how bad it’s become. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without realizing it. And because they don’t realize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.
But knowing is half the battle.
Having your hearing examined can be eye-opening. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its advancement.
If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to understand how to keep it from getting worse.
Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.
Reducing your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.
2. You Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing
You might have gradually forgotten your love for music if you’ve been experiencing moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat what they said when they talk 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 determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing exam. In most cases, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
If you already use a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You might not feel like it helps your listening experience. 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 adjusted for your individual listening requirements.
4. You Might be at Risk Already
Thirteen percent of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing impairment in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It isn’t just something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.
If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at a greater risk:
- Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
- Mow the lawn
- Work at a noisy job
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
All of these everyday activities can result in hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing checked 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
Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Falls that result in injuries
- Slow healing or frequent hospital admissions
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Restore Strained Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more common. Individuals will become irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously having to repeat what they said, friends and family may start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But the good news is, having your hearing checked will help mend troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from occurring again.