Should I Get a Hearing Exam?

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When should you get a hearing test? You need a hearing test if you have any of these four signs.

I guess my TV is frequently cranked up to the point where my kids recently complained. And guess what I said. I said, “What”? It was funny. Because it was a joke. But, in some ways, it was anything but funny. The TV has been getting louder and louder. And that got me thinking that perhaps it’s time for a hearing test.

There aren’t really that many reasons not to make an appointment for a hearing test. Hearing tests don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there isn’t any radiation. It’s really just that you haven’t made time for it.

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

Hearing assessments are essential for a wide variety of reasons. Even mild hearing loss can have an impact on your health and it’s nearly impossible to identify early hearing loss without a hearing examination.

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

You should get your hearing tested if you experience these signs

If you’ve recently observed any of the symptoms of hearing loss, it’s definitely a good idea to get a professional hearing exam. Clearly, it’s a powerful indication of hearing loss if you’re having a difficult time hearing.

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

  • You always miss alerts for text messages: Your cellphone (or mobile device, as they’re called these days) is designed to be loud. So if you’re continuously missing calls or text messages, it might be because you can’t hear them. And perhaps, when you think about it, you’re missing out on more everyday sounds.
  • It sounds like everybody’s mumbling all the time: Often, it’s clarity not volume you have to worry about. One of the first signs of hearing loss is trouble making out conversations. If you experience this happening more and more, you might want to schedule a hearing test.
  • Ringing that won’t subside: Ringing in your ears, which is called tinnitus, is often a sign of hearing damage. Ringing in the ear might or might not point to hearing loss. But if the ringing won’t clear itself up, you should absolutely come see us for a hearing evaluation.
  • You have a difficult time hearing when you’re in a loud environment: Have you ever had a difficult time keeping up with conversations because of background noise in a crowded room? If this seems familiar you could be developing hearing loss. As your hearing goes from healthy to impaired, one of the first signs is the loss of the ability to identify distinct sounds.

This list is not exhaustive, here are a few more:

  • You have an ear infection and it won’t clear up
  • You can’t readily identify where particular sounds are coming from
  • You experience vertigo
  • Your ears are not removing earwax completely
  • You frequently use specific medications that are recognized to have an impact on your hearing.

This checklist is in no way exhaustive. For example, if your TV’s volume is maxed and you still can’t hear it. But any one of these symptoms is worth following up on.

Routine checkups

But what if, to your awareness, you haven’t encountered any of these possible symptoms of hearing loss? So how frequently should you get your hearing checked? With all of the other guidelines for everything else, this one seems like a no-brainer. There are, in fact, some recommendations.

  • Sometime after you turn 21, you need to get a hearing assessment. Then your mature hearing will have a baseline.
  • Every three years or so will be a good schedule if your hearing seems normal. That can be a long time to pay attention to, so make certain they’re marked in your medical records somewhere.
  • If you notice signs of hearing loss, you will want to get it assessed right away, and then annually after that.

Routine screenings can help you discover hearing loss before any warning signs appear. The earlier you seek treatment, the better you’ll be able to protect your hearing in the long run. So it’s time to give us a call and schedule a hearing test.

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