6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Tested

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. It most likely seems like there’s not enough time to get your hearing examined. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Because hearing loss typically progresses slowly, many people don’t realize how bad it has become. As time passes, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without recognizing it. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

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

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

The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively controlling chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.

Your ears will be safeguarded 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 going through moderate hearing loss. You might not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.

You might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.

Having a hearing examination lets you measure your level of hearing loss. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You may not think they help very much. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-checked will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your personal listening requirements.

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

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about getting old. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

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

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

Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these ordinary activities. You need to go have your hearing checked by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of how old you are.

5. Your General Health Will Improve

If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher chance of the following:

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

A hearing test is not just about your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. Individuals will become aggravated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret might follow. Rather than constantly needing to repeat what they said, family and friends may begin to exclude you from get-togethers.

But here’s the good news, having your hearing examined will help restore stressed relationships and stop misunderstandings from happening again.

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.