Should I Get a Hearing Assessment?

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When should you have your hearing tested? Here are four clues that you need to get your hearing tested.

Recently, my kids complained about how loud my television was. You know what I said to them? I said, “What”? It was humorous. Because it was a joke. But, in some ways, it was anything but funny. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder as of late. And that got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a hearing assessment.

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’s no 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 vigilant about making sure your hearing impairment hasn’t worsened.

Hearing assessments are essential for many reasons. It’s often challenging for you to identify the earliest indications of hearing loss without one, and even mild hearing loss can impact your health.

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

You should have your hearing tested if you notice these signs

It’s time to get a professional hearing test if you’ve been noticing signs of hearing loss recently. Obviously, if things are difficult 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 loss that are far less obvious:

  • You’re always missing text messages: Mobile devices are manufactured to be loud enough for you to hear. So if you’re frequently missing calls or text messages, it may be because you aren’t hearing them. And if you can’t hear your mobile device, what else are you missing?
  • Ringing that won’t go away: A common sign of damaged hearing is a ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus. Ringing in the ear may or may not point to hearing loss. But it’s definitely a sign that you should schedule a hearing assessment.
  • 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. Being able to isolate sounds is one indication of a healthy ear; this ability tends to diminish as hearing loss worsens.
  • It sounds like everyone’s always mumbling: Sometimes, it’s not loss of volume you need to be concerned with, it’s a loss of distinction. One of the first indications of hearing loss is trouble following conversations. If you experience this happening more and more, you might want to schedule a hearing test.

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

  • Your ears aren’t removing earwax completely
  • You frequently use certain medications that are known to have an effect on your hearing.
  • You can’t readily identify where specific 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 in no way exhaustive. For example, if your TV’s volume is maxed and you still can’t hear it. It would be a good plan to look into any of these symptoms.

Routine examinations

But how should you deal with it when you’re not certain if you have any symptoms of hearing loss. So how frequently should you have your hearing checked? With all of the other guidelines for everything else, this one seems like a no-brainer. Well, yes, there are suggestions.

  • Sometime after you turn 21, you should have a hearing test. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
  • Every three years or so will be a practical schedule if your hearing appears normal. But make sure you note these appointments in your calendar or medical records because it’s easy to forget over these long periods of time.
  • You’ll want to get assessed immediately if you detect any signs of hearing loss and after that once a year.

It will be easier to uncover any hearing loss before any red flags become apparent with routine examinations. You will have a better chance of preserving your hearing over time the sooner you get tested. Which means, you should probably turn your TV down and schedule a hearing assessment.

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