When is it time to get a hearing exam? You need a hearing test if you have any of these four warning signs.
The other day, my kids complained about how loud my TV was. Do you know what my response was? I said, “What”? It was a joke. I thought it was funny. But, in some ways, it was anything but funny. The TV has been getting progressively louder. And that got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a hearing test.
It really doesn’t make much sense to avoid getting a hearing test. Hearing tests don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there’s no radiation. You’ve most likely just been putting it off.
You should really be more diligent about staying on top of your hearing because, if left untreated, it can impact your general health.
There are lots of good reasons why hearing assessments are essential. It’s usually challenging for you to observe the earliest signs of hearing loss without one, and even mild hearing impairment can impact your health.
So how can you recognize if you should make an appointment? Here are some signs that it’s time.
Signs you should have your hearing tested
If you’ve recently encountered any of the symptoms of hearing loss, it’s probably a smart plan to get a professional hearing screening. Obviously, if things are difficult to hear, that’s a pretty strong indication of hearing loss.
But that’s not the only symptom, and there are some signs of hearing impairment that are far less obvious:
- It seems as if people are mumbling when they speak: Sometimes, it’s clearness not volume you have to worry about. One of the earlier signs of hearing loss is trouble making out conversations. If you experience this happening more often, you may want to make an appointment for a hearing test.
- It’s hard to hear in noisy places: Have you ever been to a crowded or loud room and had trouble hearing the conversation because of all the background noise? If this sounds familiar you could be experiencing hearing loss. Being able to identify sounds is one sign of a healthy ear; this ability tends to decline as hearing loss advances.
- Chronic ringing in your ears: A typical sign of injured hearing is a ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus. Ringing in the ear may or may not indicate hearing loss. But if the ringing won’t go away, you should definitely come see us for a hearing test.
- You’re always missing text messages: Mobile devices are manufactured to be loud enough for you to hear. So if you keep noticing text messages or calls that you failed to hear, it’s most likely because you couldn’t hear them. And if you’re unable to hear your mobile device, what else might you be missing?
Here are several other situations that show you should schedule a hearing screening:
- It’s difficult to pinpoint the origin of sounds
- you’re experiencing an ear infection and it won’t clear up
- You frequently use certain medications that are known to have an effect on your hearing.
- Your ears aren’t removing earwax completely
- You have vertigo
This checklist is certainly not exhaustive. For example, if your TV’s volume is maxed and you still can’t hear it. But any one of these symptoms is worth looking into.
But what if, to your awareness, you haven’t encountered any of these potential signs of hearing loss? 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 recommendations.
- Get a primary exam done sometime after you’re 21. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
- If your hearing is healthy, undergo hearing examinations or tests every three years or so. That can be a long time to pay attention to, so make sure they’re noted in your medical records somewhere.
- If you show signs of hearing loss, you will want to get it checked right away, and then annually after that.
It will be easier to uncover any hearing loss before any red flags become obvious with regular examinations. The earlier you find treatment, the better you’ll be able to maintain your hearing in the long run. Which means, you should probably turn down your TV and make an appointment for a hearing assessment.