Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking food to social activities. It probably seems like there’s not enough time to have your hearing evaluated. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t think you’re afflicted by hearing loss.
You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:
1. You Can Prevent Further Hearing Loss
Many people don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. Over time, without even noticing it, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.
But knowledge is power.
Getting your hearing checked can be eye-opening. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to reverse the damage already done.
If you are enduring moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.
Exercising, reducing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss advancement.
Reducing your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional damage.
2. You’re Missing More Than You Know
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 what they said when they speak to you is something you may not even recall.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
You can determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing exam. In most instances, we can help make improvements to your hearing.
3. You May Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to use it. You may not feel like it helps your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-analyzed will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are adjusted for your individual listening needs.
4. It’s Possible That You’re Already at Risk
Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and up. Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are experiencing debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly the result of environmental factors. It’s not simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.
If you take part in the following things, you’re at an increased risk:
- Shoot guns
- Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
- Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
- Use a motorized lawnmower
- Attend concerts, plays, or movies
- Have a loud job
All of these everyday activities can trigger hearing loss. If you notice a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher risk of the following:
- Slow healing or repeated hospital visits
- Falls that cause injuries
- Longer treatments in hospitals and rehab
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
Having your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.
6. Rebuild Tense Relationships
Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to occur. Individuals will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret might follow. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to continuously repeat themselves.
But here’s the good news, getting your hearing examined will help restore troubled relationships and prevent misunderstandings from happening again.