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How Often Should You Get Your Hearing Checked?
Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Although you may not have been born with hearing loss, it can develop at any stage of your life. Around eight million adults between the age of 18-44 experience hearing loss. The majority of people that experience hearing loss are over the age of 65 and make up around 30% of people with hearing difficulties.
Getting your hearing checked is a crucial part of maintaining good health. Whether or not you require hearing aids, you should still get your hearing checked regularly. Today we are sharing all you need to know about hearing tests, what they involve, who should have them and how often you should have them.
Who Should Get Their Hearing Checked?
Everyone can and should get their hearing on a regular basis. Although hearing checkups are not common for younger adults, they are still available.
They are also available for children too. If a child or young adult experiences any signs of hearing loss, then this is an indicator that you should get your hearing checked. The signs include:
- Difficulty hearing
- Experience frequent high pitch sounds
- Sounds become muffled
- Pain in the ears
Even though you may feel too young or have good hearing, checks are still essential. They help you attain good health. Anyone can experience mild hearing loss and not be aware of it. Thus, these hearing checks will ensure that you do not have any underlying hearing issues.
Additionally, hearing checks can assess your overall ear health, which will reduce the risk of infection or illness.
If you are over 60 and wear hearing aids, it is recommended to have routine checkups. These will assess your hearing ability and ensure that you receive the appropriate help for your needs. Unlike children and younger adults that do not have hearing loss, checking up on hearing aids or hearing at an older age is key.
How Often You Should Get Your Hearing Checked
For those who do not have hearing loss and are under the age of 60, a hearing check should be if you experience hearing loss signs.
Some suggest that as a young adult, you can and should get your hearing checked every ten years. This is simply a precaution to ensure that you are not experiencing mild hearing loss that you are not fully aware of. Mild hearing loss symptoms may not be noticeable and could hinder your quality of life. Thus, getting a check will catch the hearing loss early and offer you the treatment you need.
If you wear hearing aids or are over the age of 60, it is recommended to get your hearing check every three years. The tests are to maintain your hearing health and see if you require additional help.
If you feel you need a check sooner than then, give your audiologist a call and they will assist your needs.
What Does a Hearing Check Involve
A hearing check is nothing to worry about. It is just like any other checkup. An audiologist will book you an appointment to see if you require additional hearing aid, a different type of aid or to see if you are starting to lose your hearing.
The start of the hearing test involves you sitting in a quiet chamber with no noise, not even background noise. Ensuring that ambient noises are eliminated is essential, as these can be part of the test.
A pair of headphones, or a speaker, will be placed over your ears, which are used for the testing. The audiologist will emit low and high frequency sounds to test your hearing. You will need to trigger a button when you hear the sounds so that the audiologist is aware of your hearing ability.
The test is repeated on each ear and will last a few minutes each side. After the test, you will be brought back into the audiologist’s office and from there they will assess your hearing using an audiogram. An audiogram details how your ears work and your hearing abilities. It will indicate if you are experiencing loss, and if so, at what level.
Ensuring that you attend regular hearing checks is essential to maintain good hearing health. Whether or not you require hearing aids, checkups are crucial.
For those that wear hearing aids, regular checks will include testing to see if your hearing is at the same level as per your previous check. If not, additional hearing aids will be offered to optimize your hearing efficacy.
To learn more about Pacific Audiology Clinic and getting your hearing aids checked, call us today at 503-719-4208.