When is it time to get a hearing exam? You need a hearing test if you have any of these four warning signs.
I guess my TV is frequently turned up to the point where my kids recently complained. And guess what my reply was. I said, “What”? It was a joke. I thought it was amusing. But it also wasn’t. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder lately. And that got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a hearing test.
There aren’t really that many excuses not to make an appointment for a hearing test. Hearing assessments 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 neglected hearing loss can impact your health, you really should be more vigilant about making sure your hearing loss hasn’t worsened.
Hearing evaluations are important for a wide variety of reasons. Even slight hearing loss can have an impact on your health and it’s nearly impossible to identify early hearing loss without a hearing assessment.
So when should you have your hearing tested? Here are a few ways to tell if you need to consult with us.
Signs you should have your hearing tested
If you’ve recently encountered any of the symptoms of hearing loss, it’s definitely a good idea to get a professional hearing screening. Clearly, it’s a powerful indication of hearing loss if you’re having a hard time hearing.
But some of the other indications of hearing loss are more subtle:
- It seems as if people are mumbling when they talk: Often, it’s clarity not volume you need to be concerned about. Trouble making out conversations is one of the first signs that something is going bad with your hearing. It may be time for a hearing screening if you notice this occurring more and more often.
- You’re always missing text messages: Mobile devices are made 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 maybe, when you think about it, you’re missing out on more common sounds.
- Ringing that won’t subside: A typical sign of damaged hearing is a ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus. Ringing in the ear might or might not point to hearing loss. But if the ringing won’t stop, you should definitely call us for a hearing evaluation.
- It’s hard to hear in noisy locations: Have you ever had a difficult time keeping up with conversations because of ambient 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 wane as hearing loss advances.
This list isn’t thorough, here are a few more:
- You have vertigo
- Your ears are not clearing earwax thoroughly
- You have an ear infection and it won’t clear up
- You can’t easily detect where particular sounds are originating
- You regularly use specific medications that are recognized to have an impact on your hearing.
This list, obviously, isn’t thorough. For example, if your TV’s volume is at max and you still can’t hear it. But any one of these symptoms is worth looking into.
But what if, to your knowledge, you haven’t encountered any of these possible symptoms of hearing loss? So how often should you get your hearing screened? There’s a guideline for everything, right, so there’s got to be a guideline for this. Well, yes, there are recommendations.
- Get a baseline exam done sometime after you’re 21. That way, you’ll have a baseline of your mature hearing.
- Every three years or so will be a practical schedule if your hearing appears healthy. But make sure you note these appointments in your calendar or medical records because it’s easy to forget over these huge periods of time.
- If you notice signs of hearing loss, you will want to have it assessed immediately, and then annually after that.
Regular screenings can help you discover hearing loss before any red flags surface. The earlier you obtain treatment, the better you’ll be able to maintain your hearing in the long run. So it’s time to pick up the phone and schedule a hearing test.