When Was the Last Time You Got a Hearing Exam?

Scheduled day on calendar to make a hearing test appointment

It’s hard to comprehend but most people have gone more than ten years without having a hearing exam.
One of those people is Harper. She reports to her doctor for her annual medical exam and has her teeth cleaned every six months. She even replaces her timing belt every 6000 miles. But her hearing test usually gets neglected.

There are a number of reasons to get hearing tests, early detection of hearing loss being one of the more essential. Harper’s ears and hearing will remain as healthy as possible if she knows how often to get her hearing tested.

So, just how often should you get a hearing assessment?

If the last time Harper took a hearing test was over ten years ago, that’s disconcerting. Or maybe it isn’t. How old she is will greatly determine our reaction. That’s because we have different guidelines based on age.

  • If you are over fifty years old: The general suggestion is that anyone over fifty years old should make an appointment for annual hearing evaluations. As you age, the noise damage you’ve incurred over a lifetime can begin to speed up, which means hearing loss is more likely to start impacting your life. Moreover, as we get older we’re more likely to have other health issues that can have an impact on hearing.
  • If you are less than fifty years old: Once every 3 to 10 years is suggested for hearing assessments. There’s no harm in getting your ears tested more often, of course! But once every ten years is the bare minimum. And you should be cautious and get checked more frequently if you work in an occupation that tends to be noisy or if you go to a lot of concerts. After all, it’s painless, easy, and there’s really no good reason not to do it.

You need to have your hearing tested if you notice any of these signs.

Needless to say, your yearly (or semi-annual) hearing assessment isn’t the only good time to schedule an appointment with us. Symptoms of hearing loss might begin to crop up. And when they do you need to make an appointment with us for a hearing assessment.

Here are some indications that you need a hearing test:

  • Having a difficult 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.)
  • Sudden hearing loss in one ear.
  • Having a very tough time hearing people when talking on the phone, mobile or otherwise.
  • You need people to speak louder or repeat what they said.
  • Sounds become muffled; it begins to sound as though you always have water inside of your ears.
  • Cranking your tv or car stereo up to excessively high volumes.
  • Trouble hearing conversations in loud environments.

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

What are the benefits of hearing testing?

Harper may be late getting her hearing checked for several reasons.
It might have slipped her mind.
Maybe she’s intentionally avoiding thinking about it. But there are concrete advantages to having your hearing examined per guidelines.

We can establish a baseline for your hearing, which will help determine any future deviations, even if it’s currently healthy. You’ll be in a better position to safeguard your hearing if you detect any early hearing loss before it becomes noticeable.

The point of regular hearing tests is that somebody like Harper will be able to detect problems before her hearing is permanently diminished. Your ears will remain healthy longer by having these regular screenings. Consider the effects of hearing loss on your overall health, it’s that important.

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.