6 Reasons to Have Your Hearing Tested

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. Having your hearing Analyzed 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 recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

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

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Because hearing loss often advances gradually, many individuals don’t recognize how bad it has become. Over time, without even noticing it, they start compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. And because they don’t realize they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that worsen their hearing loss.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing examined. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there isn’t any way to reverse the damage already done.

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

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

Your ears will be protected from further harm by using ear protection when exposed to loud noises and limiting your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

You might have slowly forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask friends and family to repeat what they said when they speak to you is something you may not even recall.

You might have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.

Having a hearing test allows you to evaluate your level of hearing loss. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already have a hearing aid, you might not want to use it. You might not feel like it helps your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-examined will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your personal listening requirements.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are suffering from debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is usually due to environmental factors. It isn’t simply something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.

If you take part in the following activities, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
  • Have a loud job
  • Listen to loud music or wear earbuds
  • Attend movies, plays, or concerts
  • Shoot firearms
  • Use a motorized lawnmower

Every one of these day-to-day activities can trigger hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing at any age, you should get your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. It Will Benefit Your Total Health

Individuals with untreated hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of:

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

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

6. Rebuild Tense Relationships

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Family members and friends might even exclude you from gatherings rather than having to continuously repeat what they said.

But the good news is, having your hearing checked will help restore troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from happening again.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.