Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to preparing food to social activities. Having your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t believe you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without knowing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that worsen their hearing loss.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its advancement.

If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to keep it from getting worse.

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

Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional harm.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. You might not remember what it’s like to have a discussion without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.

You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite experiences.

You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing test. In most instances, we can help improve your hearing.

3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You might 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 are set up for your individual listening requirements.

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

And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It’s not just something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

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

  • Shoot guns
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Work at a loud job
  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Mow the lawn
  • Attend plays, concerts, movies

Every one of these daily activities can result in hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. It Will Improve Your Overall Health

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

  • Falls that cause injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Missing or skipping out on doctor appointments
  • Social isolation (preferring to be alone)
  • Depression
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Longer time spent in hospitals and rehab
  • Slow healing or repeated hospital admissions

Getting your hearing examined is about more than only your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with a person who has neglected hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more common. Everyone will get frustrated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings versus needing to constantly repeat what they said.

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

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