Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Evaluated most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t think you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. You Can Stop Additional Hearing Loss

Many individuals don’t recognize how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so slowly. After a while, without even realizing it, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

Getting your hearing checked can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to undo the damage already done.

If you are suffering from moderate hearing loss, you will want to understand how to keep it from getting worse.

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

Reducing your exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection during noisy activities will further protect your inner ears from additional damage.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you may not even remember.

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

You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In the majority of cases, we can help you hear better.

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 may not feel like it enhances your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-tested will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your personal listening needs.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and up. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t simply something that develops when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.

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

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

All of these everyday activities can trigger hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you detect 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 substantially higher risk of the following:

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

A hearing test is not just about your hearing.

6. Repair Tense Relationships

Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing a person who has neglected hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. People will get irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Rather than constantly having to repeat what they said, friends and family might start to exclude you from gatherings.

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

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