6 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to preparing meals to social activities. Getting your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps 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 people don’t appreciate how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so gradually. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

Having your hearing checked can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.

It will be helpful to learn how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.

The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively controlling chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.

Reducing your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Know

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have slowly forgotten how much you love listening to music. You may not remember what it’s like to have a discussion without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.

You may 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 the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might not think they help much. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-analyzed will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your individual listening requirements.

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

Thirteen percent of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing impairment in both ears. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5% are experiencing disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It isn’t just something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.

Your at a greater risk if you are involved in any of these activities:

  • Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
  • Shoot firearms
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Have a noisy job
  • Mow the lawn
  • Attend plays, concerts, movies

Hearing loss can be triggered by any of these ordinary activities. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

Individuals with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:

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

A hearing test is not just about your hearing.

6. Repair Strained Relationships

Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with someone who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more common for misunderstandings to happen. People will get aggravated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Friends and family members may even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.

But the good news is, getting your hearing tested will help mend troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.

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