Our lives are filled with things to do. From work to keeping the grandkids to preparing meals to social events…when do you have time to get your hearing tested? It can wait. You’d get your hearing checked if you thought it was really a problem.
But there are some very compelling reasons not to wait any longer…
1. You Can Prevent Hearing Loss Progression
Because hearing loss usually progresses slowly, many people don’t know how bad it is. Over time, they begin compensating and making lifestyle changes without realizing it. All the while, they continue to do things that make it worse.
But knowledge is power.
Getting your hearing checked can be eye-opening. There is no way to reverse hearing loss you’ve already suffered. But your doctor will talk to you about how to slow the progression.
If you have moderate hearing loss now, don’t you want to know how to keep it from becoming disabling?
Exercising, lowering your blood pressure and managing chronic diseases more effectively can slow hearing loss progression.
Limiting your exposure to loud sounds and wearing earplugs during specific activities will further protect your inner ear from further damage.
Today, audiologists can do more to help you slow the progression of hearing loss.
2. You’re Missing Out More Than You Know
If you have moderate hearing loss, you may have slowly forgotten how enjoyable music is. You may not remember what it’s like to have a conversation without feeling the need to ask people to repeat themselves.
You may even have slowly distanced yourself from friends or activities you love.
Getting a hearing test allows you to evaluate where you stand. In most cases your audiologist will be able to provide you with options to regain what you’re missing.
3. There’s a Lot of Bad Advice Out There
“You can reverse hearing loss with diet, exercise, and herbal supplements.”
“Hearing aids only make sound louder and more uncomfortable.”
“A personal sound amplification device can replace a hearing aid.”
“Your primary care doctor would tell you if you needed a hearing test.”
Have you heard these hearing loss myths? They’re all over the Internet. People with the best of intentions continue to spread them.
The facts are:
- Sensorineural hearing loss, the kind normally associated with aging, has no cure. Once the inner ear is damaged enough to cause hearing loss, it can’t be undone.
- Hearing aids today do a lot more than amplify sound. They can change the way sound enters your ear to drastically enhance the hearing experience.
- Personal amplification devices only amplify sound. They’re not intended for people with hearing loss.
- While it’s not unheard of, a primary care doctor usually won’t suggest a hearing test unless you bring it up. Primary care doctors aren’t trained to detect, test or treat hearing loss.
Cut through the misinformation by getting your hearing tested by a hearing care specialist.
4. The Doctor May Be Able to Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience
If you already have a hearing aid, you may not want to wear it. You don’t feel like it enhances your hearing. Talking to an audiologist and getting your hearing re-tested will allow the two of you to refine the hearing experience.
5. You’re Never Too Young to Get a Hearing Test
13% of 12-year-olds already have measurable hearing loss. 8.5% of 55-year-olds already have disabling hearing loss. It’s not just something that you get when you’re older.
Overwhelmingly, hearing loss is environmental. Exposure to loud noise causes most of it. If you perform these activities, you’re at higher risk:
- Go to concerts/plays/movies
- Care for your lawn
- Work in a noisy job
- Listen to loud music/wear earbuds
- Ride a motorcycle/snowmobile
- Hunting/Practice Shooting
All of these, and other “normal” activities, compound to cause hearing loss. You may start noticing it at any age. Get your hearing checked today!
6. It Can Improve Your Overall Health
People with untreated hearing loss have a statistically significant higher risk of:
- Social Isolation (preferring to be alone all the time)
- Missing/Skipping doctor’s appointments
- Slow healing/ Re-admissions into the hospital
- Longer hospital and rehab stays
Getting your hearing checked today is about more than just your hearing.
7. Restore Strained Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can wear thin the patience of even the most loving family members and friends. Misunderstandings are more common. People get frustrated, including you. Resentment and regret can follow.
People may even exclude you rather than having to repeat themselves constantly.
But the great news is that getting your hearing tested today will put you on the path toward repairing broken relationships and preventing this from happening in the first place.
Don’t wait. Get your hearing tested today!