Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From preparing meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing tested. And maybe you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Avoided

Because hearing loss typically advances gradually, many individuals don’t grasp 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 which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. 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 keep it from getting worse.

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

Your ears will be protected from further damage by wearing ear protection when subjected to loud sounds and limiting your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

You may have slowly forgotten your love for music if you’ve been experiencing moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat what they said when they talk to you is something you might not even remember.

You may find yourself getting further away from doing your favorite things and spending time with friends.

Having a hearing test lets you assess your level of hearing loss. In most situations, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

Perhaps you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might not think they help much. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the correct hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s properly adjusted.

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

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 between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It isn’t simply about getting old. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

Your at a greater risk if you are involved in any of these activities:

  • Work at a loud job
  • Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Attend plays, concerts, movies
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms

Hearing loss can be triggered by any of these ordinary activities. If you notice a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should get your hearing examined by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health

People with untreated hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:

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

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

6. Restore Tense Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more likely. People will get irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the outcome. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, family and friends may start to exclude you from get-togethers.

But the good news is, getting your hearing examined will help repair troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from happening again.

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