Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking food to social events. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing evaluated. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t believe you’re experiencing hearing loss.
You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:
1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Many people don’t appreciate how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. As time passes, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without knowing it. And because they don’t recognize 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. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.
It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
Exercising, lowering your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss progression.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.
2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing
You may have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they speak to you is something you might not even recall.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.
Having a hearing examination lets you evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help improve your hearing.
3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better
Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You may not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-checked will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your individual listening requirements.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply something that develops when you get older. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.
Your at a greater risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:
- Shoot guns
- Mow the lawn
- Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
- Attend movies, plays, or concerts
- Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
- Work at a loud job
All of these everyday activities can cause hearing loss. If you observe a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should get your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. Your General Health Will Improve
People with untreated hearing loss have a substantially higher risk of:
- Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Falls that cause injuries
A hearing test is not only about your hearing.
6. Repair Tense Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing a person who has ignored their hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. Everyone will become aggravated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret could follow. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, friends and family may start to exclude you from get-togethers.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment and that’s the good news.