Hearing Health Blog

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and hectic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social events. It probably seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing checked. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss

Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so gradually. As time passes, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without realizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing checked. There isn’t any way to reverse any hearing loss you may already have, but you can slow its advancement.

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

The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively managing 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 Don’t Even Realize How Much You’re Missing

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

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 assessment. In most cases, we can help make improvements to your hearing.

3. You May Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

Maybe you already have hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. You may not think they help very much. Having your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the best hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.

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

And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Environmental factors are typically to blame. It’s not simply about getting old. Exposure to loud noise causes the majority of it.

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

  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Work at a noisy job
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Attend movies, plays, or concerts
  • Hunt or target shoot with firearms

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

5. It Will Benefit Your Total Health

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

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

Getting your hearing tested is about more than only your hearing.

6. Tense Relationships Can be Restored

Friends and family members can lose their patience when addressing someone who has neglected hearing loss. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is aggravating for everyone. Bitterness and regret may be the result. Rather than continuously having to repeat what they said, family and friends may start to exclude you from gatherings.

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

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