Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s not enough time to get your hearing checked. And maybe you think it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. You Can Stop Further Hearing Loss

Because hearing loss normally progresses gradually, many individuals don’t recognize how bad it’s become. Over time, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without knowing it. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.

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

Exercising, lowering your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss progression.

Your ears will be safeguarded from further harm by wearing ear protection when subjected to loud noises and reducing your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

You may have slowly 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 recall.

You might find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.

Having a hearing exam allows you to assess your level of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.

3. You May Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might not feel like it helps your listening experience. Getting your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the correct hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are suffering from disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly the result of environmental factors. It’s not just something that happens when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.

If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Work at a noisy job
  • Hunt or target shoot with firearms
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle

Hearing loss can be caused by any of these common activities. If you observe a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher risk of the following:

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

Having your hearing checked is about more than only your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Rather than constantly having to repeat themselves, family and friends 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.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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