It’s difficult to believe but most individuals have gone over ten years without getting a hearing exam.
One of those people is Harper. She schedules a cleaning and checkup with her dentist every six months and she shows up dutifully for her annual medical test. She even gets her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But her hearing test normally gets neglected.
There are many reasons to get hearing assessments, the most prominent of which is that it’s normally difficult for you to detect the earliest signs of hearing loss without one. Harper’s ears and hearing will stay as healthy as possible if she determines how often to get her hearing tested.
So, just how frequently should you get a hearing exam?
It’s alarming to think that Harper hasn’t had a hearing test in 10 years. Or perhaps it isn’t. Our reaction will vary depending on her age. Depending on age, guidelines will differ.
- If you are over fifty years old: Once annually is the suggested routine for hearing tests in people over 50 years old. Hearing loss is more likely to have an impact on your life as you age because the noise damage that has accumulated over a lifetime will speed up that impairment. In addition, there could be other health issues that can affect your hearing.
- For people under 50: It’s usually recommended that you have a hearing exam once every three to ten years or so. There’s no harm in getting your ears tested more often, of course! But once every ten years is the bare minimum. If you’ve been subjecting yourself to loud concert noise or work in an industry with high volume levels, you should err on the side of caution and get tested more often. After all, it’s painless, easy, and there’s really no good reason not to do it.
Signs you should have your hearing tested
Needless to say, your yearly (or semi-annual) hearing test isn’t the only good time to schedule an appointment with us. Maybe you start to experience some signs of hearing loss. And when they do you should make an appointment with us for a hearing assessment.
Here are some indications that you need a hearing test:
- Having a tough time hearing consonants (in general, consonants are spoken in a higher wavelength than vowels, and it’s those high-frequency sounds that are often the first to go as hearing loss takes hold.)
- Sudden hearing loss in one ear.
- The volume on your stereo or television is getting louder and louder.
- Phone conversations are becoming more difficult to hear.
- You need people to talk louder or repeat what they said.
- You’re having a tough time making out conversations when you’re in a loud setting.
- Sounds become muffled; it starts to sound as though you always have water in your ears.
It’s a solid hint that it’s time to get a hearing test when the above warning signs begin to accumulate. The sooner you get your hearing tested, the sooner you’ll know what’s going on with your ears.
How will a hearing test help?
Harper could be late getting her hearing test for several reasons.
Maybe she hasn’t thought about it.
Maybe she just doesn’t want to deal with it. But there are concrete advantages to getting your hearing tested per guidelines.
We can establish a baseline for your hearing, which will help identify any future deviations, even if it’s currently healthy. You’ll be in a better position to safeguard your hearing if you detect any early hearing loss before it becomes noticeable.
The point of regular hearing tests is that somebody like Harper will be able to detect issues before her hearing is permanently diminished. Your ears will remain healthy longer by having these regular screenings. Consider the impact of hearing loss on your general health, it’s that important.