When Should I Get my Hearing Examined?

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When is it time to have your hearing checked? Here are four signs that you should get your hearing tested.

The other day, my kids complained about how loud my TV was. You know what my response was? I said, “What”? It was humorous. Because it was a joke. But it also wasn’t. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder lately. And that got me thinking that perhaps it’s time for a hearing test.

It really doesn’t make much sense to neglect getting a hearing test. Hearing tests don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there isn’t any radiation. You’ve probably just been putting it off.

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

Hearing evaluations are important for many reasons. It’s usually difficult for you to observe the earliest signs of hearing loss without one, and even mild hearing loss can affect your health.

So how can you recognize if you should schedule an appointment? Here are some clues that it’s time.

Signs you should have your hearing tested

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

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

  • It’s difficult to hear in noisy venues: Have you ever been to a busy or loud space and had trouble following the conversation because of all the background noise? That may actually be a sign of hearing loss. As your hearing progresses from healthy to impaired, one of the first warning signs is the loss of the ability to identify specific sounds.
  • It sounds like everybody’s always mumbling: In some cases, it’s not loss of volume you have to be concerned with, it’s a loss of distinction. Difficulty making out conversations is one of the first signs that something is going bad with your hearing. It might be time for a hearing assessment if you notice this happening more and more often.
  • Chronic ringing in your ears: Ringing in your ears, which goes by the name of tinnitus, is typically a symptom of hearing damage. Ringing in the ear may or may not point to hearing loss. But it’s certainly an indication that you should get a hearing assessment.
  • You always miss alerts for text messages: Mobile devices are manufactured to be loud enough for you to be able to hear. So if you keep finding text messages or calls that you missed, it’s most likely because you didn’t hear them. And if you can’t hear your mobile device, what else are you missing?

This list isn’t thorough, here are a few more:

  • You have a buildup of ear wax you’re body can’t clear by itself
  • It’s hard to determine the source of sounds
  • You take specific medications that can harm your hearing
  • You have an ear infection and it won’t clear up
  • You experience vertigo

This checklist is certainly not exhaustive. For instance, if your TV’s volume is at max and you still can’t hear it. It would be a smart idea to follow up on any of these signs.

Routine checkups

But how should you cope with it when you’re not certain if you have any symptoms of hearing loss. Is there a guideline for how often you should go get your hearing checked? There’s a guideline for everything else, right, so there’s got to be a guideline for this. There are, actually, some recommendations.

  • Sometime after you turn 21, you need to get a hearing test. Then your mature hearing will have a baseline.
  • If your hearing is healthy, have hearing examinations or tests every three years or so. But make sure you mark these appointments in your calendar or medical records because it’s easy to forget over these huge periods of time.
  • You’ll want to get assessed right away if you notice any signs of hearing loss and after that once every year.

Routine screenings can help you identify hearing loss before any red flags appear. The earlier you seek treatment, the better you’ll be able to preserve your hearing into the future. So it’s time to pick up the phone and schedule a hearing assessment.

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.

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