6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Examined

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and hectic. It most likely seems like there’s not enough time to have your hearing tested. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.

You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Because hearing loss often progresses slowly, many people don’t realize how bad it has become. After a while, without even realizing it, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle. In the meantime, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. There is no way to undo any hearing loss you might have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.

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

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more thoroughly can slow hearing loss advancement.

Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during noisy activities will further safeguard 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 may not remember what it’s like to have a discussion without asking family or friends to repeat themselves.

You might 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 exam. In most situations, we can help improve your hearing.

3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to wear it. You may not think they help much. Visiting 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 adjusted for your personal listening needs.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and up. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Hearing loss is typically the result of environmental factors. It isn’t simply about getting old. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.

If you take part in the following activities, you’re at an increased risk:

  • Go to plays, movies, and concerts
  • Hunt or target shoot with firearms
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Mow the lawn
  • Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Work at a noisy job

All of these everyday activities can trigger hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should have your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.

5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health

Individuals with neglected hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:

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

A hearing test is not only about your hearing.

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. It’s more common for misunderstandings to occur. The situation is irritating for everyone. Bitterness and regret might follow. Rather than constantly having to repeat themselves, friends and family may start to exclude you from gatherings.

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