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Our lives are busy and chaotic – from our jobs to cooking meals to social activities. Having your hearing Examined most likely doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And perhaps you think it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re experiencing hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t wait:

1. You Can Stop Further Hearing Loss

Many people don’t appreciate how severe their hearing loss is becoming because it advances so gradually. Over time, without even realizing it, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle. In the meantime, they continue to do things which makes their hearing loss worse.

But knowing is half the battle.

It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing examined. There isn’t any way to undo 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 understand how to keep it from getting worse.

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

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

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

If you are dealing with moderate hearing loss, you might have gradually forgotten how much you love listening to music. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they speak to you is something you might not even remember.

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

You can determine just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In most situations, we can help improve your hearing.

3. You Might Make Your Current Hearing Aid Experience Better

If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to wear it. You might not think they help very much. Getting your hearing retested by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the best hearing aid for your kind and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s effectively adjusted.

4. You May be at Risk Already

Thirteen percent of people 12 and older in the U.S. (30 million people) have measurable hearing loss in both ears. And debilitating hearing loss is endured by 8.5% of adults 55 to64. Hearing loss is typically due to environmental factors. It isn’t simply about getting old. Exposure to loud sound causes most of it.

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

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

All of these day-to-day activities can result in 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:

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

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

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Neglected hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. Misunderstandings are more common. People will become frustrated with the situation, including you. Bitterness and regret might be the result. Rather than constantly having to repeat what they said, family and friends may start to exclude you from gatherings.

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

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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.