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From cooking meals to our jobs to social activities – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Evaluated probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you believe it can wait because you don’t recognize you’re afflicted by hearing loss.

Here’s why you shouldn’t put it off:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Because hearing loss usually advances gradually, many individuals don’t realize how bad it’s become. As time passes, they begin compensating and changing their lifestyle without recognizing it. And because they don’t know they have hearing loss, they continue to engage in activities that make their hearing loss worse.

But knowledge is power.

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

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

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

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

2. You’re Missing More Than You Know

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

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

You can find out just how much hearing loss you have by getting a hearing assessment. In the majority of situations, we can help you hear better.

3. You Might Enhance Your Hearing Aid Experience

If you already use a hearing aid, you may not want to use it. You might not think they help very much. Visiting a hearing specialist and getting your hearing re-checked will guarantee you have the hearing aids that work best for you and that they’re adjusted for your individual listening needs.

4. You Might be at Risk Already

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5 percent are experiencing disabling hearing loss. Environmental factors are usually to blame. It’s not simply about aging. Most of it is caused by exposure to loud noise.

If you are involved in the following activities, you’re at a greater risk:

  • Have a noisy job
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Shoot firearms
  • Ride loud vehicles like a snowmobile, ATV, or motorcycle
  • Go to concerts, plays, or concerts
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud

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

5. It Will Benefit Your Overall Health

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

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

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

6. Repair Tense Relationships

Friends and family members can lose their patience when dealing with someone who has neglected hearing loss. Misunderstandings are more likely. The situation is irritating for everyone. Regret and resentment can be the result. Rather than constantly needing to repeat what they said, friends and family might start to exclude you from get-togethers.

But the good news is, having your hearing checked will help repair troubled relationships and stop misunderstandings from happening again.

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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.
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