Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From preparing meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and hectic. Having your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Because hearing loss typically advances gradually, many people don’t realize how bad it’s become. After a while, without even noticing it, they begin compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

Getting your hearing examined can be eye-opening. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to reverse the damage already done.

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

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss advancement.

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

2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing

You may have gradually forgotten your love for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. You might not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.

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

You can determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most cases, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to use it. You might not feel like it improves 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. It’s Possible That You’re At Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and older. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It isn’t simply about aging. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.

Your at an elevated risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:

  • Attend concerts, plays, or movies
  • Work at a loud job
  • Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Mow the lawn
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms

Every one of these everyday activities can result in hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should get your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health

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

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

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

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing somebody who has neglected hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. The situation is aggravating for everybody. 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 the good news is, getting your hearing examined will help restore stressed relationships and prevent misunderstandings from occurring again.

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