HEARING TIPS

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You will still see your eye doctor every year even if you already wear eyeglasses. Because, as time goes by, your eyes change. Like the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t static and neither are your ears. That’s why, much like your eyes, it’s essential to keep getting your ears tested even after you’ve invested in a nice pair of hearing aids.

Many individuals, regrettably, skip those yearly appointments. Perhaps they’ve been too busy enjoying their lives to get back in to see the doctor. Or, it may be that your job has been difficult lately. Or maybe you’ve simply decided not to go back in because you’re so happy with your hearing aids. It seems like that would be good, right?

Scheduling a hearing test

Let’s use Daphne as our fictional stand-in. For quite a while, Daphne has noted some warning signs connected to her hearing. She keeps turning the TV up. When she goes out after work to a loud restaurant, she has trouble following conversations. And because she enjoys taking care of herself, and she’s intelligent, she schedules a hearing test.

After having her hearing checked, Daphne does everything she’s supposed to: she gets fitted for new hearing aids and has them precisely calibrated, and then gets back to her regular routine.

Issue solved? Well, maybe not completely. Going in for an exam allowed her to recognize her hearing loss early and that’s great. But, over time, follow-up care becomes almost more important for individuals with even a small amount of hearing loss. Keeping up on routine appointments would be a wise idea for Daphne. But Daphne’s not alone in neglected check-ups, based on one study, only 33% of senior citizens with hearing aids also maintained regular hearing services.

If you already use hearing aids, why do you need regular hearing exams?

Remember when we used the glasses metaphor earlier? Daphne’s hearing won’t become static and stop changing just because she has hearing aids. Her hearing aids will have to be adjusted to counter those changes. Regular testing helps monitor any changes in hearing and detect issues early.

And there are other benefits to having regular hearing exams once you get hearing aids. Here are some of the most significant reasons:

  • Hearing degeneration: Even with a hearing aid, your hearing may keep deteriorating. Often, this deterioration of your hearing is quite gradual and without routine examinations, you probably won’t even detect it. Appropriate alterations to your hearing aids can frequently slow hearing loss.
  • Your fit may change: It’s likely that there will be a shift in the way your hearing aids fit as your ears are always changing. Making sure your hearing aids continue to fit well is a big part of your regular exam.
  • Hearing aid calibration: Your hearing changes in small ways, and while your overall hearing may remain consistent, these small changes may require you to get regular hearing tests. Without this calibration, your hearing aids could slowly become less and less effective.

Dangers and roadblocks

The main challenge here is that eventually, the hearing aids Daphne is wearing will quit working the way they’re intended to, so she’ll get frustrated with them and stop wearing them altogether. Over time, hearing loss can be slowed by using hearing aids. If you stop using them, not only can your hearing diminish faster, you may not notice it right away.

If you want your hearing aids to keep working at an optimal level, regular check-ups are going to be your best option in terms of attaining that. Safeguard your hearing and ensure your hearing aids are effectively working by having regular screenings.

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