According to one recent survey, nearly 30% of people have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test. Sofia is one of them. She goes to her yearly doctor’s appointments, she sees a dentist every six months, and she has an oil change in her car every 3000 miles. But she hasn’t had a hearing exam in quite some time.
Hearing assessments are important for a wide range of reasons, finding first symptoms of hearing loss is probably the most essential one. Knowing how often she should get a hearing examination will help Sofia keep her ears (and hearing) as healthy as she can for as long as possible.
How Frequently Should You Get a Hearing Assessment?
If the last time Sofia took a hearing exam was a decade ago, we might be worried. Or maybe it doesn’t phase us. Depending on Sophia’s age, reactions could vary. That’s because hearing professionals have different recommendations based on age.
- At least every three years, it’s recommended that you have a hearing exam. Obviously, if you feel you should get your ears tested more frequently, that’s also fine. But at least every three years is the bare minimum. You should absolutely get evaluated more often if you are frequently in a noisy setting. It’s simple and painless and there’s really no reason not to do it.
- If you’re over fifty years old: The standard suggestion is that anyone over the age of fifty should get hearing checks every year. As you get older, the noise damage you’ve suffered over a lifetime can begin to accelerate, meaning loss of hearing is more likely to start affecting your life. Also, there are other health issues that can impact your hearing.
If you would like to undergo hearing examinations or tests more frequently, there’s certainly no harm in that, at least when it involves your hearing. The sooner you recognize any problems, the sooner you’ll be capable of addressing whatever loss of hearing that may have developed since your last hearing test.
Signs You Should Get Your Hearing Checked
There are undoubtedly other occasions besides your yearly hearing test that you may want to make an appointment with your hearing specialist. For example, if you recognize signs of hearing loss. And in those situations, it’s usually a good plan to promptly contact a hearing specialist and schedule a hearing exam.
Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:
- Sounds seem muffled; it starts to sound as if you always have water in your ears.
- Listening to your favorite music at extremely high volumes.
- Phone conversations are always hard to hear.
- Regularly asking people to repeat themselves or slow down during a conversation.
- It’s common for hearing loss in the high pitched register to fail first and because consonants are in a higher pitched register than vowels, they usually go first.
- When you’re in a noisy environment, you have difficulty hearing conversations.
When these warning signs begin to accumulate, it’s a good sign that the ideal time to get a hearing test is right now. The sooner you get your hearing checked, the sooner you’ll know what’s going on with your hearing.
What Are The Benefits of Hearing Testing?
There are plenty of excuses why Sofia might be late in having her hearing exam. Maybe she hasn’t thought about it. Potentially she’s just avoiding thinking about it. But there are tangible benefits to having your hearing checked per recommendations.
And it will be easier to detect hearing deviations in the future if you get your hearing examined by establishing a baseline reading even if it seems as if everything is just fine. If you identify your loss of hearing before it becomes obvious, you can protect it better.
That’s exactly why Sophia has to show up for regular hearing exams before any permanent damage happens. By detecting your hearing loss early, by getting your hearing checked when you should, you’ll be giving your ears their best chance of staying healthy. Thinking about the effects of hearing loss on your general health, that’s important.