Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to preparing food to social activities. Having your hearing Analyzed most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you don’t even notice any hearing loss – so you think a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. As time passes, they start compensating and making lifestyle changes without realizing it. All the while, they continue to do things to make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to reverse the damage already done.

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

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

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

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 family and friends to repeat what they said when they speak 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.

You can determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing test. In the majority of situations, 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 wear them. You may not think they help much. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-tested will ensure you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your personal listening needs.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are experiencing debilitating hearing loss. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It isn’t simply about aging. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.

If you participate in the following activities, you’re at a higher risk:

  • Ride a motorcycle or snowmobile
  • Work at a loud job
  • Attend concerts, plays, or movies
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Mow the lawn
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms

Hearing loss can be brought on by any of these common activities. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. It Will Improve Your Total Health

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

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

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

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is aggravating for everybody. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Rather than constantly needing to repeat themselves, family and friends might start to exclude you from get-togethers.

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

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