From preparing meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing checked. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.
Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:
1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented
Because hearing loss usually progresses slowly, many people don’t realize how bad it’s become. After a while, without even realizing 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.
Having 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.
It will be helpful to find out how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.
The progression of hearing loss can be slowed by more efficiently controlling chronic disease, lowering your blood pressure, and exercising more.
Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection 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 love listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat what they said when they speak to you is something you might not even recall.
You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite activities and spending time with friends.
Getting a hearing exam lets you measure your degree of hearing loss. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.
3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already use a hearing aid, you may not want to wear it. You may not think they help much. Visiting a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-examined will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your personal listening needs.
4. You Could be at Risk Already
13% of individuals 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing impairment in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It’s not just something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.
Your at an elevated danger if you are involved in any of these activities:
- Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
- Work at a loud job
- Shoot guns
- Go to plays, movies, and concerts
- Mow the lawn
- Listen to loud music or use earbuds
Hearing loss can be a consequence of any of these ordinary activities. If you notice a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.
5. It Will Improve Your Total Health
If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a considerably higher risk of the following:
- Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
- Social solitude (preferring to be alone)
- Falls that result in injuries
- Missing or skipping doctor appointments
- Slow healing or frequent hospital visits
A hearing test is not just about your hearing.
6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired
Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with somebody who has ignored their hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. People will get aggravated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, friends and family might begin to exclude you from gatherings.
But misunderstandings and troubled relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing test and that’s the good news.