Have Your Hearing Tested For These 6 Reasons

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and hectic. Having your hearing Evaluated probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Because hearing loss usually advances gradually, many individuals don’t realize how bad it has become. As time passes, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without realizing it. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

Getting your hearing examined can be eye-opening. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you might already have, but you can slow its advancement.

It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.

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

Your ears will be protected from further damage by wearing ear protection when exposed to loud noises and limiting your exposure.

2. You Don’t Even Know 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 may not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.

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

Getting a hearing exam allows you to measure your level of hearing loss. In most situations, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You May Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Visiting a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-checked will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are adjusted for your personal listening requirements.

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

13% of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly caused by environmental factors. It isn’t simply about aging. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

Your at an increased danger if you are involved in any of these activities:

  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Attend concerts, plays, or movies
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Shoot firearms
  • Work at a loud job
  • Mow the lawn

Hearing loss can be triggered by any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. It Will Improve Your Overall Health

Individuals with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher chance of:

  • Falls that result in injuries
  • Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
  • Anxiety
  • Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
  • Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
  • Depression

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

6. Rebuild Strained Relationships

Untreated hearing loss can test 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. Friends and family members may even exclude you from get-togethers rather than needing to constantly repeat what they said.

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