According to one recent survey, nearly 30% of people have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test. One of those people is Sofia. She knows she has to have her oil changed every 3000 miles, she sees the dentist every six months, and she reports dutifully for her annual medical examination. But she can’t remember the last time she took a hearing test or went through any sort of accurate hearing evaluation.
There are a number of reasons why it’s essential to get hearing exams, detecting first symptoms of hearing loss is probably the most essential one. Knowing how frequently she should get a hearing test will help Sofia keep her ears (and hearing) as healthy as she can for as long as possible.
How Many Times Per Year Should my Hearing Get Checked?
We may be alarmed if Sophia hadn’t had a hearing exam in a decade. Or we might think it’s perfectly normal. Our reaction, and the reaction of her hearing specialist, probably will vary depending on her age. That’s because hearing professionals have different guidelines based on age.
- At least every three years, it’s recommended that you get a hearing exam. Of course, if you feel you should have your hearing checked more frequently, there is no harm. But at least every three years is the bare minimum. If you are subjected to loud noise repeatedly or work at a job where noise is commonplace, you should err on the side of getting checked more frequently. It’s easy and painless and there’s really no reason not to get it done.
- If you’re over fifty years old: But if you’re above the age of fifty, the suggestion is, you have a hearing exam every year. As you get older, the noise damage you’ve suffered over a lifetime can begin to speed up, meaning hearing loss is more likely to begin affecting your life. There are also numerous other factors that can impact your hearing.
If you would like to have hearing screenings or tests more frequently, there’s obviously no harm in that, at least in terms of your hearing. Since you last had a hearing exam, you might have new damage you should know about, so regular hearing exams might be practical.
Signs You Should Get Your Hearing Checked
Of course, your yearly (or semi-annual) hearing test isn’t the only good occasion to make an appointment with a hearing specialist. In some cases, you start to notice some signs of hearing loss. And in those instances, it’s typically a good plan to promptly get in touch with a hearing specialist and schedule a hearing exam.
Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:
- Sounds become muffled; it starts to sound as if you always have water in your ears.
- Phone interactions are always tough to hear.
- Difficulty hearing discussions in noisy environments.
- When you’re talking to people, you repeatedly need to ask people to repeat themselves.
- It’s normal for loss of hearing in the high pitched register to go first and because consonants are in a higher pitched register than vowels, they usually go first.
- Cranking your music to extremely high volumes (if your neighbors start complaining, that’s a good indication you need to see a hearing specialist right away).
When these warning signs begin to add up, it’s a good sign that the perfect time to have a hearing test is right now. You need to recognize what’s going on with your ears and that means getting a hearing exam as soon as possible.
Hearing Exams, What Are The Advantages?
There are plenty of excuses why Sofia might be late in getting her hearing test. Denial is a top choice. Maybe she’s just avoiding thinking about it. But getting your hearing examined on the recommended schedule has actual benefits.
Even when your hearing is totally healthy, a hearing test can help set a baseline reading, which makes deviations in the future simpler to detect. You can safeguard your hearing better if you catch it before it becomes a problem.
That’s exactly why Sophia needs to go to her scheduled hearing appointments before any permanent impairment happens. By detecting your hearing loss early, by getting your hearing examined when you should, you’ll be giving your ears their best chance of staying healthy. It’s essential to think about how hearing loss will affect your general state of health.