It’s difficult to comprehend but most individuals have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test.
Harper is one of them. She schedules a cleaning and checkup with her dentist every six months and she shows up dutifully for her yearly medical exam. She even gets her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But her hearing test normally gets ignored.
Hearing assessments are essential for a variety of reasons, the most notable of which is that it’s normally difficult for you to discover the earliest signs of hearing loss without one. Determining how often she should get a hearing test will help Harper keep her ears (and hearing) healthy for as long as possible.
So you should have your hearing tested how often?
It’s disconcerting to think that Harper hasn’t taken a hearing test in 10 years. Or perhaps it isn’t. Her age will largely determine our reaction. That’s because we have different suggestions based on age.
- If you are over fifty years of age: Once a year is the recommended schedule for hearing tests in individuals over fifty. As you age, the noise damage you’ve incurred over a lifetime can begin to speed up, which means hearing loss is more likely to start impacting your life. Moreover, as we age we’re more likely to be dealing with other health problems that can have an affect on hearing.
- For individuals under 50: It’s generally recommended that you get a hearing exam about once every three to ten years. Naturally, it’s ok to get a hearing assessment more often. But once every decade is the bare minimum. And you should be cautious and get checked more frequently if you work in an occupation that tends to be loud or if you go to a lot of concerts. After all, it’s painless, simple, and there’s really no practical reason not to do it.
Indications you need to 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 notice some signs of hearing loss. And when they do you should make an appointment with us for a hearing assessment.
Here are a few indications that you need a hearing test:
- Your ears seem muffled like you had water in them.
- You’re having a hard time making out conversations when you’re in a loud setting.
- The volume on your stereo or television is getting louder and louder.
- You need people to talk louder or repeat themselves.
- Having a difficult 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.)
- Phone conversations are becoming more difficult to hear.
- You abruptly can’t hear out of one ear.
It’s a strong hint that it’s time to get a hearing test when the above warning signs start to accumulate. You’ll know what’s going on with your ears as soon as you come in for an evaluation.
What are the benefits of hearing testing?
There are plenty of reasons why Harper may be late in having her hearing test.
It may have slipped her mind.
Maybe she’s intentionally avoiding thinking about it. But getting the recommended hearing tests has tangible benefits.
Even if you believe your hearing is perfectly healthy, a hearing test will help set a baseline reading, which makes deviations in the future easier to identify. You’ll be in a better position to safeguard your hearing if you detect any early hearing loss before it becomes obvious.
The point of regular hearing tests is that somebody like Harper will be able to identify issues before her hearing is permanently diminished. Detecting your hearing loss early by getting your hearing checked when you should will help you keep your hearing healthier, longer. If you allow your hearing to go, it can have an affect on your general health.