6 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

Woman getting a hearing test to protect her hearing health.

From cooking meals to our jobs to social events – our lives are busy and chaotic. Getting your hearing Examined probably doesn’t seem like something you can find the time to do. And maybe you think it can wait because you don’t think you’re experiencing hearing loss.

You shouldn’t put it off – here’s why:

1. Additional Hearing Loss Can be Prevented

Because hearing loss normally advances slowly, many people don’t realize how bad it’s become. As time passes, they start compensating and changing their lifestyle without knowing it. And because they don’t know they have hearing loss, they keep engaging in activities that worsen their hearing loss.

But knowledge is power.

It can be an eye-opener to get your hearing examined. You can slow the progression of hearing loss but there is no way to undo the damage already done.

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

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

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

2. You’re Missing More Than You Realize

You might have gradually forgotten your appreciation for music if you’ve been going through moderate hearing loss. Not needing to ask family and friends to repeat themselves when they talk to you is something you might not even recall.

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

You can find 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

Perhaps you already use hearing aids but you really don’t like to wear them. You may not think they help very much. Getting your hearing re-examined by a hearing specialist will help you find out if you have the best hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss and whether it’s correctly adjusted.

4. It’s Possible That You’re Already at Risk

Among adults ages 55 to 64, 8.5% are suffering from disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss is commonly due to environmental factors. It’s not simply about aging. Exposure to loud sound causes the majority of it.

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

  • Have a loud job
  • Use a motorized lawnmower
  • Turn your headphones or earbuds up too loud
  • Ride a snowmobile or motorcycle
  • Attend movies, plays, or concerts
  • Shoot guns

All of these everyday activities can trigger hearing loss. If you see a decline in your hearing whatever age, you should get your hearing tested by a hearing specialist as soon as possible.

5. Your Over-all Health Will Improve

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

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

A hearing test is not just about your hearing.

6. Strained Relationships Can be Repaired

Untreated hearing loss can test the patience of your friends and family members. It’s more common for misunderstandings to occur. The situation is irritating for everyone. Regret and resentment can be the result. Family members and friends may even exclude you from get-togethers rather than having to continuously repeat themselves.

But here’s the good news, having your hearing tested will help restore troubled 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.