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. It probably seems like there’s never enough time to get your hearing evaluated. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t believe you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

You shouldn’t wait – here’s why:

1. Further Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Many individuals don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it progresses so gradually. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to have your hearing tested. There isn’t any way to undo any hearing loss you might have already suffered, but you can slow its progression.

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

Exercising, decreasing your blood pressure, and managing chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.

Your ears will be safeguarded from further damage by using ear protection when subjected to loud noises and limiting your exposure.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

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 what they said when they speak to you is something you may not even recall.

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

You can figure out 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 Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

Maybe you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You might not feel like it helps your listening experience. Going to a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-examined will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re set up for your personal listening requirements.

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 older. And debilitating hearing loss is experienced by 8.5% of adults between 55 and 64. Hearing loss is usually due to environmental factors. It’s not simply about getting old. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud sound.

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

  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Listen to loud music or use earbuds
  • Mow the lawn
  • Have a noisy job
  • Hunt or target shoot with firearms
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts

All of these everyday activities can result in hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing checked 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. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

People with neglected hearing loss have a substantially higher chance of:

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

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

6. Tense Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. The situation is irritating for everybody. Regret and bitterness can be the result. Rather than constantly needing to repeat what they said, friends and family may start to exclude you from get-togethers.

But here’s the good news, having your hearing tested will help mend stressed relationships and prevent 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.