If you haven’t had your hearing checked since you were in grade school, you’re not alone. Regrettably, we have a habit of treating hearing loss reactively instead of proactively, and a routine adult physical generally doesn’t include a hearing test. Most people disregard hearing loss, even when they are cognizant of it, for up to seven years which can severely affect your health. As a matter of fact, over time, it’s been proven that your overall health expense will increase if you have untreated hearing loss.
The good news, So that our hearing experts to assist you, we recommend a hearing test which is easy, painless and gives a wealth of important information. Both to find out if interventions such as hearing aids are helping you and also for diagnosing potential hearing problems. A full audiometry test is more involved than what you might remember from childhood and you won’t get a lollipop or a sticker when it’s done but you’ll get a far clearer understanding of your hearing.
While you may not give the condition of your hearing as much attention as you would the health of your teeth or your eyes, it is important that you routinely have your hearing checked. It can be a long time before you detect that there is a problem with your hearing. Loss of hearing normally happens slowly, and the earlier you recognize an issue with your hearing, the sooner you might be able to fix it.
When Should You Get Examined?
All newborns should be evaluated for hearing loss, and typically, the hospital does that before they are sent home. Teenagers should be tested during routine checkups with their doctors and children should get formal hearing exams at the ages of 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 years old according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 45, it is recommended that you have your hearing checked every five years and then more frequently as you get older. After you turn 60 you should be tested every two years and if you are between 46 and 60 every three years. But you may need to get tested more frequently. Your individual circumstances will determine when you need to get an exam. If you notice your hearing isn’t what it used to be, you should have it examined right away. Neglected hearing loss has been connected to cognitive decline, depression and a greater risk of falls and other health issues. Your ability to 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 quickly worse. An immediate hearing test is advisable if:
- You are experiencing vertigo
- You are experiencing a constant ringing in your ears
- Your ear was infected, or there was a buildup of earwax
- Pinpointing where sounds are coming from is difficult
- Conversations are difficult to hear when you are in a crowded area especially
- Asking people to repeat themselves is something you have to do constantly
Whether you are at risk of hearing loss is another consideration. You should have your hearing tested more often, for example, if you are subjected to loud noise or if loss of hearing runs in your family.
There are also over 200 ototoxic medicines. These drugs can be quite harmful for your hearing and they range from some antibiotics to aspirin. In order to make certain none of your medications are impacting your ears, consult your doctor. If you need to take a medication that you know is ototoxic, think about getting more regular hearing testing so you can deal with any hearing loss right away.
Also, think about your habits and whether they may contribute to hearing loss. Regularly using your earbuds? There’s been a significant rise in younger people who have hearing loss, which many experts attribute to the increased use of earbuds and other headsets. Your ears can also be substantially damaged by machinery, shows, or loud concerts. Schedule your hearing exam today if it’s time for you to have your hearing examined.