Surprisingly, it’s been over 10 years since most individuals have had a hearing assessment.
One of those people is Harper. She reports to her doctor for her yearly medical test and has her teeth cleaned every six months. She even gets her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But her hearing test typically gets neglected.
Hearing assessments are important for a wide variety of reasons, early detection of hearing loss being one of the more important. Knowing how often she should get their hearing tested will help Harper keep her ears (and hearing) healthy for as long as possible.
So you should get your hearing examined how often?
It’s alarming to think that Harper hasn’t taken a hearing exam in 10 years. Or we might think it’s perfectly normal. Her age will largely determine our reaction. Depending on age, recommendations will differ.
- If you are over fifty years old: Once annually is the recommended routine for hearing assessments in individuals over fifty. Hearing loss is more likely to have an impact on your life as you get older because the noise damage that has accumulated over a lifetime will accelerate that impairment. Also, as we get older we’re more likely to have other health conditions that can have an impact on hearing.
- For people under 50: It’s generally recommended that you take a hearing exam once every three to ten years or so. Naturally, it’s fine to get a hearing test more often. But once every ten years is the bare minimum. And you should be cautious and get checked more often if you work in an occupation that tends to be noisy or if you go to a lot of concerts. It’s quick, simple, and painless so why wouldn’t you?
Indications you should have your hearing tested
Needless to say, your annual (or semi-annual) hearing test isn’t the only good time to schedule an appointment with us. Symptoms of hearing loss may start to appear. And in those cases, it’s important to contact us and schedule a hearing assessment.
Here are a few indications that you need a hearing exam:
- Your ears seem muffled like you had water in them.
- You’re having a tough time making out conversations when you’re in a noisy setting.
- Phone conversations are getting harder to hear.
- 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 sets in.)
- You need people to speak louder or repeat themselves.
- You abruptly can’t hear out of one ear.
- Turning your television or car stereo up to excessively high volumes.
It’s a strong hint that it’s time to get a hearing exam when the above warning signs begin to add up. You’ll know what’s happening with your ears as soon as you come in for an evaluation.
How will a hearing test help?
There are plenty of reasons why Harper might be late in getting her hearing test.
Perhaps she hasn’t thought about it.
It’s possible that she just doesn’t want to deal with it. But getting the suggested hearing tests has concrete benefits.
We can set up a baseline for your hearing, which will help identify any future deviations, even if it’s presently healthy. If you can detect your hearing loss before it becomes obvious, you can better protect it.
Discovering hearing problems before they create permanent hearing loss is the precise reason somebody like Harper should get tested regularly. Detecting your hearing loss early by getting your hearing tested when you should will help you keep your ears healthier, longer. Consider the effects of hearing loss on your overall health, it’s that important.