From cooking meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Analyzed probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t believe you’re afflicted by hearing loss.
You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:
1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss
Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so gradually. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without realizing 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 tested can be eye-opening. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its progression.
It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from getting worse.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Reducing your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
You may have gradually forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat themselves when they speak to you is something you may not even remember.
You might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite experiences.
Getting a hearing examination lets you assess your level of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.
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 think they help very much. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you learn if you have the right hearing aid for your type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Hearing loss is typically caused by environmental factors. It isn’t simply about getting old. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.
If you take part in the following activities, you’re at an increased risk:
- Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
- Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Mow the lawn
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Have a noisy job
Hearing loss can be triggered by any of these common activities. If you notice a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher risk of the following:
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
- Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Falls that cause injuries
Getting your hearing tested is about more than just your hearing.
6. Repair Strained Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is aggravating for everybody. Resentment and regret could be the result. Rather than continuously having to repeat what they said, friends and family might start to exclude you from gatherings.
But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.