Surprisingly, it’s been more than 10 years since most individuals have had a hearing exam.
Harper is one of them. She schedules a checkup and cleaning with her dentist every six months and she shows up dutifully for her yearly medical exam. She even knows to get her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But her hearing test normally gets neglected.
Hearing tests are important for a variety of reasons, early detection of hearing loss being one of the most significant. Harper’s ears and hearing will remain as healthy as possible if she determines how often to get her hearing checked.
So you should have your hearing examined how often?
If the last time Harper got a hearing exam was over ten years ago, that’s alarming. Or we might think it’s completely normal. Our reaction will vary depending on her age. That’s because we have different suggestions based on age.
- For people over 50: Once a year is the recommended routine for hearing tests in people over 50 years old. As you age, the noise damage you’ve sustained over a lifetime can begin to accelerate, which means hearing loss is more likely to start impacting your life. Also, as we get older we’re more likely to have other health problems that can have an impact on hearing.
- If you are less than fifty years old: It’s generally recommended that you get a hearing test about once every three to ten years. There’s no harm in having your ears tested more frequently, of course! But once every decade is the bare minimum. And you should be cautious and get tested more often if you work in an occupation that tends to be noisy or if you go to a lot of concerts. After all, it’s painless, easy, and there’s really no practical reason not to do it.
You need to get your hearing checked if you experience any of these signs.
Needless to say, your yearly (or semi-annual) hearing assessment isn’t the only good time to make an appointment with us. Symptoms of hearing loss may start to surface. And in those cases, it’s important to reach out to us and schedule a hearing test.
A few of the clues that should prompt you to have a hearing exam include:
- Sounds become muffled; it starts to sound as though you always have water in your ears.
- 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 frequently the first to go as hearing loss takes hold.)
- Rapid hearing loss in one ear.
- Phone conversations are getting harder to hear.
- The volume on your stereo or TV is getting louder and louder.
- Trouble hearing conversations in noisy environments.
- You need people to speak louder or repeat what they said.
When the previously mentioned warning signs start to add up, it’s a good indication that the perfect time to get a hearing test is right now. 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 having her hearing test.
It might have slipped her mind.
It’s possible that she just doesn’t want to deal with it. But there are concrete advantages to having your hearing tested per recommendations.
Even if you believe your hearing is completely healthy, a hearing exam will help establish 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 noticeable.
Discovering hearing issues before they create permanent hearing loss is the exact reason someone like Harper should get tested regularly. Catching your hearing loss early by getting your hearing tested when you should will help you keep your ears healthier, longer. Think about the effects of hearing loss on your general health, it’s that important.