6 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

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

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. You Can Stop Additional Hearing Loss

Many people don’t recognize how serious their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. Over time, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing 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.

Getting your hearing examined can be eye-opening. You can slow the advancement of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.

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

The advancement of hearing loss can be slowed by more effectively controlling chronic disease, decreasing your blood pressure, and exercising more.

Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing ear protection during loud activities will further safeguard your inner ears from additional harm.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

If you are experiencing moderate hearing loss, you might have slowly forgotten how much you love 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 may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite activities.

Having a hearing exam allows you to assess your level of hearing loss. In most instances, we can help improve your hearing.

3. You Might Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to use them. 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’re adjusted for your personal listening requirements.

4. You Could be at Risk Already

And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It isn’t just something that occurs when you get older. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.

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

  • Mow the lawn
  • Have a noisy job
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
  • Hunt or practice shooting with firearms
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Ride loud vehicles such as a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle

All of these everyday activities can lead to hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing examined by a hearing professional as soon as you can if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of how old you are.

5. It Will Improve Your Overall Health

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

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

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

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to occur. Individuals will become irritated with the situation, including you. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Friends and family members might even exclude you from get-togethers rather than needing to continuously repeat themselves.

But misunderstandings and stressed relationships can be prevented by getting a hearing assessment 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.