6 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to preparing meals to social events. It most likely seems like there’s never enough time to have your hearing examined. And perhaps you don’t even detect any hearing loss – so you believe a hearing test can wait.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. You Can Stop Further Hearing Loss

Many people don’t recognize how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so slowly. After a while, without even realizing it, they start compensating and making changes to their lifestyle. All the while, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

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

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

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

Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing earplugs during loud activities will further protect your inner ears from additional damage.

2. You’re Missing More Than You Know

You may have slowly forgotten your love for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. You may not recall what it’s like to have a conversation without asking friends or family members to repeat themselves.

You may have slowly distanced yourself from friends or your favorite experiences.

Having a hearing test lets you measure your degree of hearing loss. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You May Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

Perhaps you already have 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 having your hearing re-analyzed will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your personal listening needs.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

Measurable hearing loss can be detected in both ears in 13% of U.S. citizens (30 million individuals) 12 and up. Among adults between the ages of 55 and 64, 8.5 percent are experiencing debilitating hearing loss. Hearing loss is usually caused by environmental factors. It’s not simply about getting old. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.

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

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

Every one of these daily activities can result in hearing loss. You need to go have your hearing tested by a hearing professional as soon as possible if you detect a decline in your ability to hear regardless of what your age is.

5. It Will Benefit Your Total Health

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

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

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

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Untreated hearing loss can try the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more likely for misunderstandings to take place. The situation is aggravating for everyone. Resentment and regret could follow. Rather than continuously needing to repeat themselves, family and friends might start to exclude you from get-togethers.

But misunderstandings and troubled 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.