Woman with her schedule open calling to make an appointment for a hearing test.

Even if you use glasses (the kind you put on your face, not the kind you drink out of), you still visit your eye doctor yearly, right? Because your eyes change over time. Like the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t static and neither are your ears. That’s why, much like your eyes, it’s crucial to keep having your ears checked even after you’ve purchased a quality pair of hearing aids.

Unfortunately, many people skip those regular check-ups. Maybe a trip to their doctor is taking a back seat to enjoying life. Or maybe, work has been particularly difficult this year. Or perhaps, you’ve just been so happy with your hearing aids that you haven’t had a reason to go back in. It seems as if that would be good, right?

Scheduling a hearing test

Let’s take Daphne as a fictional example. For some time now, Daphne has noted some symptoms connected to her hearing. Her TV volume is getting louder and louder. When she goes out after work to a noisy restaurant, she has difficulty following conversations. And so, she goes to get her hearing assessed (because she’s intelligent and she takes care of herself).

After getting her hearing examined, Daphne does everything she’s supposed to: she gets fitted for new hearing aids and has them properly calibrated, and then goes back to her normal routine.

Problem solved? Well, maybe not entirely. It’s great that Daphne went in for a hearing screening and caught her hearing issues early. But for most individuals with hearing impairment, even a small one, follow-up care becomes even more important in the long run. Maintaining routine appointments would be a smart plan for Daphne. But Daphne isn’t alone in neglected check-ups, according to one survey, just 33% of senior citizens using hearing aids also scheduled regular hearing services.

If you already use hearing aids, why do you need check-ups?

Okay, remember our glasses metaphor? Just because Daphne has hearing aids now doesn’t mean her hearing will become static and stop changing. It’s important to adjust the hearing aids to counter those changes. Periodic testing helps monitor any changes in hearing and detect issues early.

And that’s not even the only reason why it might be a smart idea to keep regular appointments after you have your hearing aids. Some of the most common reasons to make sure you get to your next appointment include:

  • Your fit may change: It’s likely that there will be a change in how your hearing aids fit as your ears are always changing. Regular check-ups can help ensure that your hearing aids continue to fit the way they’re supposed to.
  • Hearing aid calibration: Your hearing changes in slight ways, and while your overall hearing may remain consistent, these small changes could require you to get regular hearing assessments. Your hearing aid could become less and less efficient if you skip this calibration.
  • Hearing deterioration: Your hearing may continue to worsen even if you use hearing aids. If this degeneration is slow enough, you probably won’t recognize it’s happening without the aid of a hearing exam. Correct alterations to your hearing aids can often slow hearing loss.

Hazards and hurdles

The problem is, Daphne may, in her frustration, stop using her hearing aids altogether because they’re not working properly. Using hearing aids helps slow down hearing loss over time. If you quit using them, not only can your hearing deteriorate faster, you might not detect it right away.

When it comes to achieving efficient performance of your hearing aids, and optimal hearing, regular hearing assessments are essential. Yearly hearing tests or screenings can help you be sure your hearing aids are working as they should and that your hearing stays protected.

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