Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to have your hearing evaluated. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t think you’re experiencing hearing loss.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss
Because hearing loss normally advances slowly, many individuals don’t grasp how bad it’s become. After a while, without even realizing it, they start compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing examined. There isn’t any way to undo any hearing loss you might already have, but you can slow its advancement.
If you are suffering from moderate hearing loss, you will want to understand how to stop it from getting worse.
The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Your ears will be protected from further damage by wearing ear protection when exposed to loud sounds and reducing your exposure.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
You may have slowly forgotten your love for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat what they said when they talk to you is something you may not even remember.
You might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.
You can learn just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most instances, we can help improve your hearing.
3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to use it. You might not feel like it improves your listening experience. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the best hearing aid for your type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
13% of people 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 debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.
Your at an increased danger if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
- Have a noisy job
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing examined 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. Your General Health Will Improve
People with untreated hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:
- Falls that cause injuries
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Rebuild Tense Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more likely. People will get 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 gatherings.
But here’s the good news, having your hearing tested will help repair troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from occurring again.