6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Tested

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From preparing meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t think you’re experiencing hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss

Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, without even noticing it, they start 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 tested can be eye-opening. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.

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

The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.

Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional damage.

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

You may have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been dealing with moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat what they said when they speak to you is something you might not even remember.

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

You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You may not feel like it improves your listening experience. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the right hearing aid for your type and level of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Hearing loss is commonly the result of environmental factors. It isn’t simply about getting old. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.

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

  • Have a noisy job
  • Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
  • Shoot guns
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Mow the lawn
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts

Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these ordinary activities. If you observe a decline in your hearing at any age, you should get your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

People with neglected hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:

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

A hearing test is not only about your hearing.

6. Restore Tense Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. Individuals will become aggravated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, family and friends may begin to exclude you from gatherings.

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

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.