Have You Had a Hearing Assessment Recently?

Scheduled day on calendar to make a hearing test appointment

Believe it or not, it’s been over 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 reports dutifully for her yearly medical exam. She even changes her timing belt every 6000 miles. But her hearing test typically gets ignored.

Hearing tests are important for a multitude of reasons, the most prominent of which is that it’s usually challenging for you to detect the earliest indications 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 get your hearing tested how often?

If the last time Harper took a hearing test was over a decade ago, that’s alarming. Or perhaps it isn’t. Her age will greatly determine our reaction. That’s because we have different suggestions based on age.

  • For people over 50: Once a year is the suggested routine for hearing assessments in individuals over 50 years old. As you age, the noise damage you’ve incurred over a lifetime can begin to accelerate, which means hearing loss is more likely to start affecting your life. Also, as we get older we’re more likely to be dealing with other health problems that can have an affect on hearing.
  • If you are less than fifty years old: It’s generally recommended that you have a hearing test once every three to ten years or so. Obviously, it’s fine to get a hearing assessment more often. But once every ten years is the bare minimum. If you’ve been exposing yourself to loud concert noise or work in a field with high decibel levels, you should err on the side of caution and get tested more frequently. It’s fast, simple, and painless so why wouldn’t you?

You should get your hearing assessed if you notice any of these signs.

Undoubtedly, there are other occasions, besides the yearly exam, that you might want to come in for a consultation. Perhaps you begin to notice some signs of hearing loss. And in those instances, it’s important to get in touch with us and schedule a hearing assessment.

Some of the signs that should motivate you to have a hearing exam include:

  • Your ears sound muffled as if you had water in them.
  • Having a tough 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.)
  • Turning your tv or car stereo up to extremely high volumes.
  • Rapid hearing loss in one ear.
  • You need people to speak louder or repeat what they said.
  • You’re having a difficult time hearing conversations when you’re in a loud setting.
  • Phone conversations are becoming more difficult to hear.

It’s a strong hint that it’s time to get a hearing exam when the above warning signs start to add up. The sooner you get your hearing tested, the sooner you’ll know what’s going on with your ears.

How will a hearing test help?

Harper could be late getting her hearing test for a number of reasons.
Maybe she hasn’t thought about it.
Maybe she’s deliberately avoiding thinking about it. But getting the recommended hearing tests has concrete benefits.

We can establish a baseline for your hearing, which will help determine any future deviations, even if it’s currently healthy. If you can catch your hearing loss before it becomes obvious, you can better protect it.

Detecting hearing issues before they create permanent hearing loss is the exact reason somebody like Harper should get tested regularly. Your ears will remain healthy longer by getting these regular screenings. If you allow your hearing to go, it can have an impact on your general health.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.