When Should I Get my Hearing Examined?

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When should you get a hearing test? Here are four signs that you should have your hearing tested.

The other day, my kids complained about how loud my television was. Do you know what I said to them? I said, “What”? It was a joke. I thought it was funny. But it also wasn’t. The TV has been getting louder and louder. And I started to wonder: should I get a hearing test?

There aren’t all that many excuses not to make an appointment for a hearing test. They’re not invasive, there’s no radiation, you don’t have to worry about discomfort. It’s really just that you haven’t put aside time to do it.

Considering how much untreated hearing loss can impact your health, you really should be more vigilant about making sure your hearing impairment hasn’t worsened.

There are lots of good reasons why hearing evaluations are important. Even slight hearing loss can have an impact on your health and it’s virtually impossible to detect early hearing loss without a hearing test.

So how can you recognize if you should schedule an appointment? Here are a few ways to know if you need to come see us.

You should have your hearing tested if you experience these signs

It’s time to get a professional hearing assessment if you’ve been experiencing symptoms of hearing loss recently. Naturally, if things are difficult to hear, that’s a pretty strong indication of hearing loss.

But that’s not the only indicator, and there are some signs of hearing impairment that are much less obvious:

  • You don’t always hear alerts for text messages: Your phone (or mobile device, as they’re called now) is made to be loud. So if you keep noticing text messages or calls that you failed to hear, it’s probably because you couldn’t hear them. And perhaps, when you think about it, you’re missing out on more everyday sounds.
  • It seems as if people are mumbling when they talk: Sometimes, it’s not loss of volume you have to be concerned with, it’s a loss of definition. Trouble making out conversations is one of the first signs that something is going wrong with your hearing. If you detect this happening more and more, you might want to make an appointment for a hearing exam.
  • Ringing that won’t clear itself up: A common sign of injured hearing is a ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus. If you’re experiencing some ringing that won’t stop, it may or may not be a sign of hearing loss. But it’s certainly a sign that you should get a hearing exam.
  • It’s tough to hear in noisy places: Have you ever had a difficult time keeping up with conversations because of background noise in a busy room? That could actually be an indication of hearing loss. Being able to isolate sounds is one indication of healthy hearing; this ability tends to diminish as hearing loss progresses.

Here are several other circumstances that indicate you should make an appointment for a hearing screening:

  • You take specific medications that can damage your hearing
  • Your ears are not clearing earwax thoroughly
  • You can’t readily identify where particular sounds are coming from
  • you’re experiencing an ear infection and it won’t clear up
  • You’re experiencing episodes of vertigo

This checklist is by no means exhaustive. For instance, if your TV’s volume is at max and you still can’t hear it. But any one of these signs is worth looking into.

Routine examinations

But how should you cope with it when you’re not certain if you have any symptoms of hearing loss. So how often should you have your hearing tested? There’s a guideline for everything, right, so there’s got to be a guideline for this. Well, yes, there are recommendations.

  • Get a primary test done sometime after you’re 21. That way, you’ll have a baseline of your mature hearing.
  • If your hearing is normal, undergo hearing screenings or tests every three years or so. That can be a huge chunk of time to pay attention to, so make certain they’re marked in your medical records somewhere.
  • You’ll want to get checked right away if you notice any signs of hearing loss and after that once a year.

It will be easier to identify any hearing loss before any warning signs become obvious with routine examinations. You will have a better chance of preserving your hearing over time the sooner you get tested. So it’s time to give us a call and schedule a hearing assessment.

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