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How Often Should You Get Your Hearing Checked?

Hearing loss has no age limit. Even if you weren’t born with it, you could develop degrees of hearing loss throughout any stage of your life. It is estimated that 1.1 billion people between the age of 18 – 35 are at risk of developing hearing loss due to noise exposure. Over 5 % of the world’s population are diagnosed with disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children), and 30 % of people who have been diagnosed with significant hearing loss are over the age of 60.

Getting your hearing checked is a crucial part of maintaining good health. Below is a guide to understanding tests and how often you should have them performed.

When To Get Your Hearing Checked

Hearing tests are performed on babies soon after birth to determine hearing levels. Parents of school-going children should consider hearing screen tests between age 6 – 10 and again as teenagers. It is recommended that, as an adult, you should get your hearing tested at least once every ten years until the age of 50; after that, you should take a hearing test every three years. After age 60, it is highly recommended to get your ears tested annually.

Believe it or not, even people diagnosed with hearing loss and require the assistance of a hearing aid device should be tested every three years to determine any changes in hearing levels. If you work in an environment with constant exposure to excessive noise, regular check-ups are highly recommended.

However, you shouldn’t base your decision to get your hearing tested solely on your age or environment – if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should book an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test.

  • Muffled speech and sound.
  • Difficulty understanding words, particularly against background noise.
  • Trouble hearing consonants.
  • Experiencing high pitched ringing or pain in the ear.

Hearing tests are necessary even if you feel 100% healthy with the immaculate hearing because hearing loss can start off very mild. Hearing checks can also help assess overall ear health, which reduces the risk of illness and infection.

What Does A Hearing Test Involve?

A hearing test is nothing to worry about; it’s a very routine check-up. An audiologist will book an appointment to determine if you require a hearing aid, a different type of hearing aid. A test’s purpose is also to assess the level of hearing loss when you begin losing your hearing or as a routine hearing health assessment.

The tests start in a quiet chamber with no background or ambient noise. Next, a set of headphones is placed over your ears. The audiologist then emits low, and high frequency sounds through the headset to test your hearing. You’ll trigger a button when you hear the sounds, which helps the audiologist determine your hearing ability. 

The test is repeated each ear and lasts a few minutes on each side. Once the test is over, you’ll be presented with an audiogram – a chart detailing how your ears are working, your hearing ability, and levels of hearing loss, if any.

Regular tests are recommended to maintain optimum hearing health, whether or not you require the assistance of a hearing aid device. These tests are essential for people who already have a hearing aid fitted to determine if your hearing level has changed since your previous test. If there has been a change in your hearing levels, an audiologist might recommend servicing your hearing aid device or fitting a different set to optimize your hearing efficiency. 

In Conclusion

Hearing aids are essential for maintaining good health; even when hearing loss starts to occur, a hearing test is the first step to restoring your quality of life. An audiologist will ensure you have the correct hearing aid system and assistive devices to suit your needs.

Our trained technicians are experts in their field and treat every customer with patience and care. Find a branch near you and book your FREE hearing screen test with Hearing Aid Labs today.

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