Surprisingly, it’s been over 10 years since most people have had a hearing test.
One of those people is Harper. She schedules a cleaning and checkup with her dentist every six months and she reports dutifully for her yearly medical exam. She even gets her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But her hearing exam normally gets ignored.
There are a number of reasons to get hearing tests, the most notable of which is that it’s normally challenging for you to detect the earliest signs of hearing loss without one. Harper’s ears and hearing will stay as healthy as possible if she knows how often to get her hearing checked.
So you should get your hearing examined how often?
If the last time Harper had a hearing test was over a decade ago, that’s disconcerting. Or we may think it’s perfectly normal. Our reaction will differ depending on how old she is. That’s because we have different guidelines based on age.
- For people over 50: Once annually is the suggested routine for hearing exams in people over 50 years old. Hearing loss is more likely to have an impact on your life as you get older because the noise damage that has built-up over a lifetime will accelerate that impairment. Moreover, as we age we’re more likely to be dealing with other health issues that can have an affect on hearing.
- If you are less than fifty years old: It’s usually recommended that you take a hearing test once every three to ten years or so. Obviously, it’s fine to get a hearing test more frequently. But the bare minimum is once every ten years. If you’ve been subjecting yourself to loud concert noise or work in a field with high volume levels, you should err on the side of caution and get tested more frequently. After all, it’s painless, easy, and there’s really no practical reason not to do it.
Signs you need to get your hearing checked
Undoubtedly, there are other occasions, besides the annual exam, that you may want to come in and see us. Symptoms of hearing loss might begin to appear. And when they do you should make an appointment with us for a hearing exam.
A few of the signs that should motivate you to get a hearing test include:
- The volume on your stereo or TV is getting louder and louder.
- You’re having a hard time making out conversations when you’re in a loud setting.
- Sounds become muffled; it begins to sound as though you always have water in your ears.
- Sudden hearing loss in one ear.
- Having a hard 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.)
- Asking people to slow down or repeat themselves during a conversation.
- Having a really hard time understanding people when talking on the phone, mobile or otherwise.
When the above warning signs start to add up, it’s a good indication that the ideal time to get a hearing exam is right now. The sooner you get your hearing checked, the sooner you’ll know what’s going on with your ears.
What are the benefits of hearing testing?
There are plenty of reasons why Harper might be late in having her hearing checked.
It might have slipped her mind.
Maybe she just doesn’t want to deal with it. But there are concrete advantages to getting your hearing examined per recommendations.
We can set up a baseline for your hearing, which will help identify any future deviations, even if it’s currently healthy. You’ll be in a better position to safeguard your hearing if you recognize any early hearing loss before it becomes obvious.
Discovering hearing issues before they create permanent hearing loss is the precise reason somebody like Harper should get tested regularly. Recognizing your hearing loss early by having your hearing checked when you should will help you keep your ears healthier, longer. If you let your hearing go, it can have an affect on your general health.