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 most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t think you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, 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.

Getting your hearing tested can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.

If you are enduring moderate hearing loss, you will want to understand how to keep it from getting worse.

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.

Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection 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 may have slowly forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even recall.

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

Having a hearing examination allows you to evaluate your degree of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, 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. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the correct hearing aid for your kind and level of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5% are experiencing debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It isn’t simply about aging. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.

If you engage in the following things, you’re at a higher risk:

  • Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
  • Work at a loud job
  • Shoot guns
  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Go to plays, movies, and concerts

Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a considerably higher risk of the following:

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

Getting your hearing tested is about more than just your hearing.

6. Restore Strained Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more likely. People will get frustrated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat themselves.

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

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