6 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

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

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. You Can Protect Against Further Hearing Loss

Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, without even realizing it, they start compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

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

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

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

Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.

2. You Don’t Even Know How Much You’re Missing

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

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

You can figure out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most cases, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You Might Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already use a hearing aid, you might not want to wear it. You may not feel like it helps your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-examined will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your personal listening needs.

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

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 between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It isn’t simply something that happens when you get older. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it.

Your at an elevated risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:

  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Ride loud vehicles including a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Shoot guns
  • Work at a loud job
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts

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

5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health

If you ignore your hearing loss you will have a substantially higher chance of the following:

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

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

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with a person who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more common for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is frustrating for everybody. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Family members and friends may even exclude you from gatherings rather than having to constantly repeat themselves.

But the good news is, getting your hearing checked will help mend stressed 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.