6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Checked

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking food to social events. It probably seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing examined. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t believe you’re experiencing hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. You Can Prevent Additional Hearing Loss

Many individuals don’t appreciate how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. After a while, without even noticing it, they begin compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. And because they don’t know they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

Having your hearing checked can be eye-opening. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.

It will be helpful to know how to keep your moderate hearing loss from worsening.

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and dealing with chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.

Your ears will be safeguarded from further harm by wearing ear protection when exposed to loud sounds and reducing your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

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

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

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

3. You May Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might not think they help very much. Having your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you discover if you have the best hearing aid for your kind and level of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t just something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.

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

  • Go to plays, movies, and concerts
  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Mow the lawn
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Shoot firearms
  • Have a loud 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 notice a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

If you neglect your hearing loss you will have a significantly higher risk of the following:

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

Having your hearing checked is about more than just your hearing.

6. Restore Tense Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more likely. People will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret may follow. Rather than continuously needing to repeat what they said, friends and family may start to exclude you from gatherings.

But here’s the good news, getting your hearing checked will help repair troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from happening again.