If you haven’t had your hearing checked since your grade school days, you’re not by yourself. It isn’t commonly part of a routine adult physical and sadly, we often treat hearing reactively rather than proactively. Most people disregard hearing loss, even when they are aware of it, for up to seven years which can seriously impact your health. As a matter of fact, in the long run, it’s been proven that your general health cost will increase if you have untreated hearing loss.
The good news, So that our hearing specialists to assist you, we recommend a hearing test which is simple, pain-free and offers a wealth of information. Both to find out if interventions like hearing aids are helping you and also for diagnosing potential hearing problems. When you were younger, you may remember the audiometry test from school, but a full hearing exam will give you a clearer understanding of your hearing without a lollipop or sticker.
While you might not give the state of hearing as much attention as you would the health of your eyes or your teeth, it is important that you regularly get your hearing examined. It can be a long time before you detect that there is an issue with your hearing. Hearing loss often happens gradually, and the sooner you recognize a problem with your hearing, the sooner you may be able to deal with it.
How do You Know When to Get Tested?
All infants should be evaluated for hearing loss, and typically, the hospital handles that before they are sent home. Teenagers should be screened during routine exams with their doctors and children should get formal hearing assessments at the ages of 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 years old according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.
It’s recommended that if you are in between the ages of 18 and 49, you get your hearing tested every five years and then, as you get older, more often. After you turn 60 you should be checked every two years and if you are in between 46 and 60 every three years. But don’t allow that to stop you. Your unique circumstances will determine when you should get a test. If you notice your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, you should have it checked immediately. Several health issues are associated with neglected hearing loss, such as increased chance of falling, mental decline, and depression. Your capacity to work efficiently and your relationships can also be impacted.
There are also some scenarios in which you should have a hearing test as soon as you can to address hearing loss that could get worse. An immediate hearing test is advisable if:
- Your ear was infected, or there was a buildup of earwax
- You are unable to hear conversations, particularly when in crowded areas
- It is difficult to pinpoint where sounds are coming from
- You are experiencing vertigo
- Your ears have constant ringing in them
- Asking people to repeat themselves is something you have to do constantly
Another factor is whether you are at a greater risk for hearing loss. As an example, if hearing loss runs in your family or you are exposed to loud noises regularly you should have your hearing tested more regularly.
Also, over 200 ototoxic medications exist. These medications can be extremely harmful for your hearing and they range from some antibiotics to aspirin. So that you can make certain none of your medications are affecting your ears, consult your doctor. Think about getting your hearing tested more often in order to address any loss of hearing right away if you are using any ototoxic medications.
Also, think about how your habits could be affecting your hearing loss. Are you using earbuds regularly? There’s been a noticeable rise in younger people who have hearing loss, which many experts connect to the increased use of earbuds and other headsets. Loud concerts, shows, or machinery can also do appreciable damage to your hearing. Schedule your hearing test today if it’s time for you to have your hearing examined.