5 Good Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

In the United States, about 37.5 million adults have some level of hearing loss. Yet according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), only 20 percent of those who could reap the benefits of hearing aids actually use them. That suggests that millions of Americans who could enhance their life with better hearing decide not to do so.

And that’s not all.

After being shown that they will need hearing aids, people wait an average of 5-7 years before actually purchasing them—which is unfortunate, because for those that do choose to use hearing aids, the results are overwhelmingly favorable.

Many studies have found that wearing hearing aids enhances relationships, enhances general physical and mental health, and even boosts household income, as discovered by the Better Hearing Institute.

Unfortunately, 80 percent of those who could use hearing aids will never observe these benefits. And of those who will, it’s a shame that they have to wait so long.

The question is: if people are waiting 5-7 years before acquiring a hearing aid, what is eventually persuading them to do so? And if we knew the reasons, would it inspire us to address our own hearing loss sooner?

With that in mind, we’ve gathered the most common “triggers” that have inspired our patients to finally arrange a hearing test.

Here are the top five:

1. NOT BEING ABLE TO HEAR THE GRANDKIDS

Here’s one we’ve heard more than a couple times.

The thing about high-frequency hearing loss is that the sounds most challenging to hear are often higher-pitched. That makes the female voice and the voices of children particularly tough to understand.

As a result, many people with hearing loss miss out on what their grandchildren are saying, or alternatively have to make them repeat themselves. Before too long, the grandkids start evading the grandparents, and this provides a strong incentive to book a hearing test.

2. STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS

Communication is the cornerstone of any healthy relationship, which is why hearing loss is so frustrating for both individuals.

If you suffer from hearing loss, you might think everyone else mumbles, but your partner probably feels you talk too loudly or “selectively listen.” This creates stress, and before long, you discover yourself in more arguments than normal.

Regrettably, many people wait until their spouse is at a breaking point of aggravation before arranging a hearing test. We’ve seen first-hand that plenty of problems could have been averted if hearing loss were dealt with sooner.

3. FEELING LEFT OUT

How confident and interactive can you really be if you can’t comprehend what others are saying?

Many people with hearing loss lose their confidence and sociability when it’s easier to avoid the scenario than it is to struggle to hear and understand what’s being said. This leads many people down a path of isolation.

It’s this feeling of alienation—and missing out on social events—that encourage people to pick up the phone and book a hearing test. And there are very few activities that hearing loss doesn’t impact in a undesirable way.

4. BEING UNPRODUCTIVE AT WORK

We’ve heard a number of stories of people that reach their breaking point at work. Quite often they’re at an important meeting and can’t hear their colleagues sitting across the table. They either have to interrupt the meeting to get people to communicate louder or repeat themselves, or otherwise have to remain silent because they can’t follow along.

There’s a reason why wearing hearing aids is linked with higher household income in those with hearing loss. If you have better hearing, you’re simply more self-confident and effective at work.

5. CONCERN ABOUT TOTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

And finally, people are becoming progressively more aware of the health risks connected with hearing loss. While there are several conditions linked with impaired hearing, the most worrying connection is that between hearing loss and dementia. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who sustain their hearing.

WHAT’S YOUR REASON?

The bottom line is that many people wait too long to attend to their hearing loss, despite the fact that the majority of hearing aid users state that their lives have been improved with better hearing.

If you wear hearing aids, let us know the reason you decided to arrange your initial hearing test. Your response may result in helping someone in a similar position to attain the benefits of better hearing sooner rather than later.

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