Should I Get a Hearing Exam?

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When should you get a hearing test? You need a hearing exam if you have any of these four signs.

I guess my TV is frequently cranked up to the point where my kids recently complained. And guess what I said. I said, “What”? It was a joke. I thought it was funny. But, in some ways, it was anything but funny. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder as of late. And that got me thinking that perhaps it’s time for a hearing assessment.

It really doesn’t make much sense to neglect getting a hearing assessment. Hearing assessments don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there’s no radiation. You’ve probably just been putting it on the back-burner.

You should really be more vigilant about staying on top of your hearing because, if left unchecked, it can affect your general health.

Hearing evaluations are essential for many reasons. Even slight hearing loss can have an impact on your health and it’s almost impossible to recognize early hearing loss without a hearing examination.

So how will you know if you should make an appointment? Here are some clues that it’s time.

You should have your hearing tested if you notice these signs

If you’ve recently experienced any of the signs of hearing loss, it’s probably a smart plan to get a professional hearing exam. Clearly, it’s a powerful indication of hearing loss if you’re having a hard time hearing.

But some of the other indications of hearing loss are more subtle:

  • You’re always missing text messages: Mobile devices are made to be loud enough for you to hear. So if you keep noticing text messages or calls that you failed to hear, it’s most likely because you didn’t hear them. And if you can’t hear your mobile device, what else are you missing?
  • It sounds like everyone’s mumbling all the time: Often, it’s clarity not volume you need to be concerned about. One of the first indications of hearing loss is difficulty making out conversations. If you experience this happening more often, you might want to make an appointment for a hearing exam.
  • Chronic ringing in your ears: A common sign of injured hearing is a ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus. If you’re experiencing some ringing that won’t go away, it might or might not be a sign of hearing loss. But it’s definitely a sign that you should schedule a hearing assessment.
  • It’s hard to hear in noisy locations: Have you ever had a hard time following along with conversations because of ambient noise in a busy room? That could actually be an indication of hearing loss. Being able to identify sounds is one sign of a healthy ear; this ability tends to wane as hearing loss worsens.

This list is not exhaustive, here are a few more:

  • you’re experiencing an ear infection and it won’t go away
  • You’re experiencing episodes of vertigo
  • You take specific medications that can harm your hearing
  • You have a buildup of ear wax you’re body can’t clear on your own
  • It’s difficult to determine the origin of sounds

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

Routine examinations

But how should you deal with it when you’re not certain if you have any signs of hearing loss. So how frequently should you get your hearing screened? With all of the other guidelines for everything, this one seems like a no-brainer. There are, in fact, some suggestions.

  • Get a baseline assessment done sometime after you’re 21. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
  • Every three years or so will be a practical schedule if your hearing seems normal. That can be a huge chunk of time to pay attention to, so make certain they’re marked in your medical records somewhere.
  • If you show signs of hearing loss, you will want to get it checked right away, and then annually after that.

Routine screenings can help you identify hearing loss before any warning signs appear. The earlier you seek treatment, the better you’ll be able to preserve your hearing in the long run. So it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment for a hearing test.

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