While hearing tests are regularly given to newborns and throughout childhood, once people reach adulthood, a hearing test is not usually part of an annual physical or check-up. It is a good idea for all adults to have their hearing tested regularly, however, as early diagnosis of hearing loss can lead to more effective treatments.
When to Have Your Hearing Tested
As with any health issue, there is no one-size-fits-all model for hearing testing. You should discuss concerns about your hearing with your doctor and decide on a lifetime plan for hearing screenings and care. In general, healthy adults aged 18 to 40 who do not notice any hearing loss should have their hearing tested by a professional every three to five years. Those who should have their hearing tested more often include the following:
- People who are exposed to loud noises. Noise-induced hearing loss affects people of all ages. Loud concerts, gunfire and explosions in combat, noisy work environments, and yard-work tools can all damage hearing suddenly or over time. If you are exposed to loud noises regularly—no matter what your age—you should have your hearing tested at least once a year and should discuss custom-made ear protection with your hearing specialist.
- People with hearing loss. If you suspect you have lost some hearing ability—especially if it is a sudden loss—you should have your hearing tested as soon as possible. Once you have been diagnosed with a hearing loss, you should be tested every year.
- People over the age of 60. Because age-related hearing loss is so common, once you reach the age of 60, you should have a hearing screening on an annual basis. Of adults age 65 to 74, 25 percent have a disabling hearing loss and 50 percent of people 75 and older suffer from a disabling hearing loss. Early screenings and diagnoses result in much better outcomes for older people.
- People with hearing aids. Being fitted with hearing aids is not the end of the hearing care process. Your hearing can change and continue to deteriorate and should be checked every year so that your hearing aids can be adjusted or upgraded as necessary.
True Sound Offers Free Hearing Tests!
No matter what your age or hearing ability, it’s always a good time to get a hearing screening. At True Sound Hearing Aid Center, we will give you a free, comprehensive hearing evaluation and recommend the next steps you should take. Don’t put it off any longer! Use the contact link on this page to get started.