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 preparing food to social events. Getting your hearing Examined probably doesn’t seem like something you can spare the time to do. And perhaps you believe it can wait because you don’t believe you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. You Can Protect Against Additional Hearing Loss

Many individuals don’t recognize how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so gradually. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. And because they don’t recognize they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing examined. There is no way to reverse any hearing loss you might have already suffered, but you can slow its advancement.

If you are suffering from moderate hearing loss, you will want to find out how to stop it from getting worse.

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

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

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

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you enjoy listening to music. You may not remember what it’s like to have a discussion without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.

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

Getting a hearing exam allows you to measure your level of hearing loss. In most situations, we can help improve your hearing.

3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You may not think they help very much. Visiting a hearing specialist and having your hearing re-tested will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they are set up for your personal listening requirements.

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

Measurable hearing loss can be found in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million people) 12 and up. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5% are experiencing disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are commonly to blame. It isn’t simply something that occurs when you get older. The majority of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.

Your at a greater risk if you are engaged in any of these activities:

  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Hunt or target shoot with firearms
  • Work at a noisy job
  • Go to plays, movies, and concerts
  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds

Hearing loss can be caused by any of these common activities. If you notice a decline in your hearing at any age, you should have your hearing checked by a hearing specialist as soon as you can.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

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

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

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

6. Tense Relationships Can be Restored

Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to happen. Individuals will become irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and resentment can be the outcome. Family members and friends may even exclude you from get-togethers rather than needing to constantly repeat what they said.

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

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.