According to one recent survey, nearly 30% of people have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test. One of those people is Sofia. She knows she has to have her oil changed every 3000 miles, she has a checkup with the dentist every six months, and she checks in dutifully for her annual medical exam. But she hasn’t had a hearing examination in quite some time.
There are many reasons why it’s essential to have hearing exams, finding initial symptoms of hearing loss is likely the most important one. Knowing how regularly she should get a hearing exam will help Sofia keep her ears (and hearing) as healthy as she can for as long as possible.
How Frequently Do You Need to Have a Hearing Assessment?
If the last time Sofia had a hearing test was ten years ago, we could be concerned. Or perhaps we don’t think anything of it. Our response, and the reaction of her hearing specialist, probably will vary depending on her age. This is because hearing professionals have different suggestions based on age.
- If you’re older than fifty: But if you’re above the age of fifty, the recommendation is, you have a hearing test each year. Hearing loss is more likely to impact your life as you age because noise damage starts to add up. Plus, there are other health problems that can impact your hearing.
- At least every three years, it’s suggested that you take a hearing exam. Of course, if you feel you should get your hearing tested more frequently, that’s also fine. But once every three years is the bare minimum. If you are exposed to loud noise repeatedly or work in a field where noise is common, you should decide to get tested more frequently. It’s simple and painless and there’s really no reason not to do it.
When it comes to your hearing, more often is definitely better. The sooner you detect any problems, the sooner you’ll be able to address whatever loss of hearing that might have developed since your last hearing exam.
You Should Get Your Hearing Checked if You Notice These Signs
There are definitely other occasions besides your yearly hearing exam that you might want to make an appointment with your hearing specialist. In some cases, you begin to notice some signs of hearing loss. And in those cases, it’s often a good idea to immediately get in touch with a hearing specialist and schedule a hearing exam.
Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:
- Sounds seem muffled; it starts to sound as if you always have water in your ears.
- It’s typical for hearing loss in the high pitched register to fail first and because consonants are in a higher pitched register than vowels, they normally fail first.
- When you’re in a noisy situation, you have problems hearing conversations.
- Turning your television or car stereo to excessively high volumes (if your neighbors begin to complain, that’s a good sign you need to see a hearing specialist right away).
- When you’re speaking with people, you repeatedly have to keep asking people to speak up.
- Having a very difficult time understanding people when talking on the phone, any phone.
When these warning signs start to accumulate, it’s a strong indication that the perfect time to have a hearing test is right now. The sooner you get your hearing examined, the sooner you’ll know what’s going on with your hearing.
Hearing Tests, What Are The Benefits?
Sophia may be late for her hearing exam for many reasons. Denial is a leading choice. Perhaps she’s just avoiding thinking about it. But getting your hearing tested on the recommended schedule has tangible benefits.
And it will be easier to detect hearing deviations in the future if you get your hearing checked by establishing a baseline reading even if it seems like everything is just fine. You can protect your hearing better if you detect it before it becomes a problem.
That’s exactly why Sophia has to go to her regular hearing exams before any permanent damage happens. Early detection by a hearing test can help your hearing stay healthy for a long time. It’s essential to consider how hearing loss will affect your general health.