Should I Get a Hearing Exam?

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When should you get a hearing test? Here are four indicators that you should have your hearing checked.

I guess my TV is regularly turned up to the point where my kids recently complained. You know what my response was? I said, “What”? It was funny. Because it was a joke. But, in some ways, it was anything but funny. The TV has been getting louder and louder. And I began to wonder: should I get a hearing test?

It really doesn’t make much sense to avoid getting a hearing assessment. They’re not invasive, there’s no radiation, you don’t need to worry about discomfort. You’ve most likely just been putting it off.

You should really be more diligent about keeping track of your hearing because, if left unchecked, it can affect your general health.

Hearing assessments are important for many reasons. Even mild hearing loss can have an affect on your health and it’s nearly impossible to recognize early hearing loss without a hearing test.

So when should you have a hearing test? Here are several ways to know if you need to consult with us.

Signs you should have your hearing tested

It’s time to get a professional hearing test if you’ve been noticing symptoms of hearing loss recently. Obviously, if things are hard to hear, that’s a pretty solid indication of hearing loss.

But that’s not the only symptom, and there are some signs of hearing impairment that are much less obvious:

  • You don’t always hear alerts for text messages: Mobile devices are manufactured to be loud enough for you to be able to hear. So if you keep noticing text messages or calls that you missed, it’s probably because you didn’t hear them. And if you can’t hear your mobile device, what else might you be missing?
  • It seems as if people are mumbling when they speak: Sometimes, it’s clarity not volume you have to worry about. One of the earlier indications of hearing loss is difficulty making out conversations. If you notice this happening more often, you may want to make an appointment for a hearing test.
  • Chronic ringing in your ears: Ringing in your ears, which is called tinnitus, is often a symptom of hearing damage. If you’re dealing with some ringing that won’t stop, it might or might not be a symptom of hearing loss. But it’s certainly a sign that you should get a hearing test.
  • It’s difficult to hear in noisy places: Have you ever had a difficult time following along with conversations because of ambient noise in a busy room? If this seems familiar you could be experiencing hearing loss. As your hearing progresses from healthy to impaired, one of the first signs is the loss of the ability to identify specific sounds.

This list isn’t exhaustive, here are a few more:

  • It’s challenging to determine the origin of sounds
  • You frequently use certain medications that are recognized to have an impact on your hearing.
  • Your ear hasn’t cleared after an ear infection
  • You have a buildup of ear wax you’re body can’t clear on your own
  • You’re experiencing episodes of vertigo

This checklist, obviously, is not complete. There are other examples of warning signs (if, for example, the volume on your TV is maxed out and you still wish it could go just a little louder). It would be a good plan to follow up on any of these symptoms.

Regular checkups

But how should you deal with it when you’re not certain if you have any symptoms of hearing loss. So how often should you have your hearing screened? With all of the other guidelines for everything, this one seems like a no-brainer. Well, yes, there are suggestions.

  • Get a baseline test done sometime after you’re 21. That way, you’ll have a baseline of your mature hearing.
  • If your hearing is healthy, undergo hearing examinations or tests every three years or so. But be sure you note these appointments in your calendar or medical records because it’s easy to forget over these long periods of time.
  • You’ll want to get tested immediately if you notice any signs of hearing loss and after that once a year.

Routine examinations can help you detect hearing loss before any red flags appear. The earlier you find treatment, the better you’ll be able to preserve your hearing in the long run. Which means, you should probably turn down your TV and schedule a hearing examination.

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