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It’s hard to comprehend but most individuals have gone more than ten years without having a hearing test.
One of those people is Harper. She reports to her doctor for her yearly medical exam and gets her teeth cleaned every six months. She even gets her timing belt replaced every 6000 miles! But she never remembers to schedule her hearing exam.

There are lots of reasons to get hearing exams, early detection of hearing loss being one of the most significant. Harper’s ears and hearing will remain as healthy as possible if she knows how frequently to get her hearing checked.

So you should get your hearing examined how often?

If the last time Harper had a hearing exam was over a decade ago, that’s alarming. Or we might think it’s perfectly normal. Our reaction will differ depending on her age. That’s because we have different guidelines based on age.

  • For individuals over 50: The general suggestion is that anybody above fifty years old should schedule annual hearing tests As you get older, the noise damage you’ve sustained over a lifetime can begin to accelerate, which means hearing loss is more likely to start affecting your life. Moreover, as we age we’re more likely to have other health conditions that can have an affect on hearing.
  • If you are under fifty years old: Once every 3 to 10 years is recommended for hearing assessments. There’s no harm in getting your ears checked more often, of course! But once every ten years is the bare minimum. And you should play it safe and get tested more often if you work in a job that tends to be loud or if you go to a lot of concerts. It’s quick, simple, and painless so why wouldn’t you?

You should have your hearing assessed if you notice any of these signs.

Undoubtedly, there are other occasions, besides the annual exam, that you might want to come in for a consultation. Signs of hearing loss might start to surface. And in those situations, it’s important to contact us and schedule a hearing assessment.

Here are some clues that you need a hearing exam:

  • Your ears sound muffled as if you had water in them.
  • You need people to talk louder or repeat themselves.
  • Cranking your television or car stereo up to extremely high volumes.
  • Rapid hearing loss in one ear.
  • You’re having a hard time hearing conversations when you’re in a noisy setting.
  • You’re having a tough time hearing sounds in higher frequencies such as consonants.
  • Having a really tough time understanding people when talking on the phone, mobile or otherwise.

It’s a strong hint that it’s time to get a hearing test when the above warning signs begin to accumulate. You’ll know what’s going on with your ears as soon as you come in for an evaluation.

How will a hearing test help?

Harper could be late getting her hearing test for a number of reasons.
Maybe she hasn’t thought about it.
Maybe she’s deliberately avoiding thinking about it. But getting the suggested hearing tests has tangible benefits.

Even if you believe your hearing is completely healthy, a hearing exam will help set a baseline reading, which makes deviations in the future easier to identify. If you can detect your hearing loss before it becomes noticeable, you can better protect it.

Discovering hearing problems before they create permanent hearing loss is the precise reason somebody like Harper should get tested regularly. Your ears will remain healthy longer by getting these regular screenings. Think about the effects of hearing loss on your overall health, it’s that important.

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