If you haven’t had your hearing checked since your grade school days, you’re not by yourself. It isn’t usually part of a routine adult physical and unfortunately, we tend to treat hearing reactively instead of proactively. As a matter of fact, even when they realize they have hearing loss, the majority of people neglect it for up to seven years which can significantly affect your health. In fact, untreated loss of hearing has been proven to raise your healthcare costs over time.
The good news, So that our hearing professionals to help you, we recommend a hearing test which is easy, painless and provides a wide range of important information. Both to find out if interventions like hearing aids are helping you and also for diagnosing potential hearing issues. A full audiometry test is more involved than what you may remember from childhood and you won’t get a lollipop or a sticker when it’s done but you’ll gain a far clearer understanding of your hearing.
It’s important that you regularly get your hearing checked even though you might not typically give your hearing as much consideration as your teeth or eyes. You may not detect a problem with your hearing for a long time. Because hearing loss commonly takes place slowly over time it’s not easy to detect it at first, but the sooner you do, the more likely you will be able to effectively deal with it.
When Should You Be Examined?
All infants should be screened for hearing loss, and usually, the hospital does that before they are released. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children undergo formal hearing exams when they are 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 years of age and that teenagers should have hearing tests during wellness visits with their physicians.
If you are between the ages of 18 to 45, it is recommended that you get your hearing examined every five years and then more often as you age. After you turn 60 you need to get checked every two years and if you are in between 46 and 60 every three. But don’t allow that to stop you. The regularity with which you need to get examined will ultimately depend on your specific circumstances. You should get your hearing checked immediately if you find that it isn’t as good as it once was. Untreated loss of hearing has been connected to cognitive decline, depression and increased risk of falls and other health issues. Your capacity to do work effectively and your relationships can also be influenced.
And you should get a hearing exam, in some circumstances, as soon as you can if you have hearing loss that is getting worse quickly. An immediate hearing test is advisable if:
- There is earwax buildup or you had an ear infection
- You find yourself having to constantly ask people to repeat themselves
- Conversations are difficult to hear when you are in a crowded area especially
- You are experiencing vertigo
- You are experiencing a constant ringing in your ears
- It is difficult to pinpoint where sounds are coming from
Whether you are at risk of hearing loss is another factor. For example, if hearing loss runs in your family or you are subjected to loud noises regularly you should get your hearing tested more regularly.
Also, more than 200 ototoxic medications exist. These medications can be quite harmful for your hearing and they range from certain antibiotics to aspirin. In order to be sure none of your medications are impacting your ears, consult your doctor. If you need to take a medication that you know is ototoxic, consider getting more frequent hearing testing so you can manage any hearing loss right away.
Also, think about your habits and whether they might contribute to hearing loss. Are you using earbuds a lot? Hearing loss has noticeably increased in younger people, and many experts think that this is due to the use of headphones and earbuds. Your ears can also be substantially harmed by machinery, shows, or loud concerts. Schedule your hearing exam today if it’s time for you to get your hearing examined.