When is it time to get a hearing exam? You need a hearing test if you have any of these four signs.
Recently, my kids complained about how loud my television was. And guess what my reply was. I said, “What”? It was a joke. I thought it was amusing. But it also wasn’t. The TV has been getting progressively louder. And that got me thinking that perhaps it’s time for a hearing test.
It really doesn’t make much sense to avoid getting a hearing test. Hearing assessments don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there isn’t any radiation. It’s really just that you haven’t put aside time to do it.
Considering how much untreated hearing loss can impact your health, you really should be more vigilant about making sure your hearing impairment hasn’t worsened.
Hearing evaluations are essential for a wide variety of reasons. Even slight hearing loss can have an affect on your health and it’s virtually impossible to recognize early hearing loss without a hearing test.
So how can you recognize if you should make an appointment? Here are several ways to tell if you need to consult with us.
You should get your hearing tested if you notice these signs
If you’ve recently experienced any of the symptoms of hearing loss, it’s definitely a smart plan to get a professional hearing screening. Clearly, it’s a strong indication of hearing loss if you’re having a hard time hearing.
But that’s not the only indicator, and there are some signs of hearing loss that are far less apparent:
- You don’t always hear alerts for text messages: Mobile devices are manufactured to be loud enough for you to hear. So if you’re frequently missing calls or text messages, it may be because you aren’t hearing them. And if you’re unable to hear your mobile device, what else are you missing?
- It seems as if people are mumbling when they speak: In some cases, it’s not loss of volume you have to be concerned with, it’s a loss of distinction. Trouble following along with conversations is one of the first signs that something is going bad with your hearing. It might be time for a hearing test if you notice this occurring more and more often.
- You have a tough time hearing when you’re in a loud environment: Have you ever had a hard time following along with conversations because of ambient noise in a crowded room? That may actually be a sign of hearing loss. Being able to isolate sounds is one indication of a healthy ear; this ability tends to wane as hearing loss advances.
- Ringing that won’t subside: Ringing in your ears, which goes by the name of tinnitus, is typically a sign of hearing damage. If you’re dealing with some ringing that won’t stop, it may or may not be a symptom of hearing loss. But if the ringing won’t go away, you should absolutely come see us for a hearing evaluation.
This list isn’t exhaustive, here are a few more:
- You take certain medications that can harm your hearing
- It’s difficult to determine the source of sounds
- you’re experiencing an ear infection and it won’t clear up
- You have an accumulation of ear wax you’re body can’t clear on your own
- You experience vertigo
This checklist is by no means exhaustive. There are other instances of warning signs (if, for example, the volume on your TV is maxed out and you still wish it could go just a little louder). But any one of these symptoms is worth looking into.
But what if, to your knowledge, you haven’t encountered any of these potential symptoms of hearing impairment? Is there a guideline for how often you should go get your hearing checked? There’s a guideline for everything, right, so there’s got to be a guideline for this. Well, yes, there are suggestions.
- Sometime after you turn 21, you need to get a hearing assessment. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
- If your hearing is normal, have hearing screenings or tests every three years or so. That can be a long time to pay attention to, so make certain they’re noted in your medical records somewhere.
- You’ll want to get assessed immediately if you notice any signs of hearing loss and after that once a year.
Regular screenings can help you identify hearing loss before any red flags develop. You will have a better chance of maintaining your hearing over time the sooner you get tested. So it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment for a hearing assessment.