Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Having your hearing Examined probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you think it can wait because you don’t believe you’re experiencing hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss

Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. In the meantime, 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. 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, decreasing 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 Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing

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

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

Getting a hearing test lets you evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You May Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You may not feel like it improves your listening experience. Visiting a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-evaluated will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your individual listening needs.

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

Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and older. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly caused by environmental factors. It’s not simply about aging. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

If you take part in the following things, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Work at a noisy job
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Attend concerts, plays, or movies

Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these common activities. If you observe a decline in your hearing at any age, you should get your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

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

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

A hearing test is not only about your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more common for misunderstandings to happen. The situation is irritating for everybody. Regret and resentment can be the result. Family members and friends may even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat what they said.

But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.

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