According to one recent survey, nearly 30% of people have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test. Sofia is one of them. 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 punctually for her annual medical examination. But she hasn’t had a hearing examination in a long time.
Hearing evaluations are essential for a wide variety of reasons, the most important of which is that it’s often hard for you to notice the first signs of hearing loss without one. Knowing how often she should get a hearing examination will help Sofia keep her ears (and hearing) as healthy as she can for as long as possible.
How Often Do You Need to Have a Hearing Examination?
If the last time Sofia took a hearing exam was a decade ago, we could be alarmed. Or we might think it’s perfectly normal. Our response, and the reaction of her hearing specialist, likely will vary depending on her age. This is because hearing specialists have different recommendations based on age.
- It’s generally suggested that you undergo a hearing assessment around every three years. Certainly, if you think you should get your ears tested more frequently, that’s also fine. The very least is every three years. You should definitely get tested more frequently if you spend a lot of time in a noisy environment. It’s simple and painless and there’s truly no reason not to get it done.
- If you’re over fifty years old: The general recommendation is that anybody above the age of fifty should have hearing checks yearly. As you age, the noise damage you’ve incurred over a lifetime can start to accelerate, meaning hearing loss is more likely to begin affecting your life. Also, there are other health concerns that can affect your hearing.
When it comes to your hearing, more often is absolutely better. The sooner you identify any issues, the more quickly you’ll be able to address whatever hearing loss that may have developed since your last hearing test.
Signs You Should Get Your Hearing Checked
Obviously, your annual (or semi-annual) hearing test isn’t the only good occasion to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. As an example, if you recognize symptoms of hearing loss. And in those cases, it’s usually a good plan to immediately contact a hearing specialist and schedule a hearing test.
Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:
- When you’re in a loud situation, you have trouble hearing conversations.
- Phone interactions are always hard to understand
- Your hearing is dull like there is 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 talking to people, you repeatedly need to keep asking people to repeat themselves.
- Listening to your favorite music at extremely high volumes.
A strong sign that right now is the best time to have a hearing exam is when the warning signs begin to add up. You need to recognize what’s happening with your hearing and that means getting a hearing test sooner rather than later.
What Are The Benefits of Hearing Testing?
There are plenty of excuses why Sofia might be late in getting her hearing test. Denial is a top choice. Possibly she’s just avoiding thinking about it. But getting your hearing checked on the recommended schedule has actual advantages.
And it will be simpler to identify 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. If you catch your hearing loss before it becomes obvious, you’ll be able to safeguard it better.
That’s the reason why Sophia has to show up for regular hearing appointments before any permanent damage happens. Early detection by a hearing assessment can help your hearing be healthy for a long time. It’s important to understand how hearing loss will influence your general state of health.