When is it time to have your hearing checked? Here are four signs that you need to have your hearing checked.
I guess my TV is frequently turned up to the point where my kids recently complained. Do you know what I said to them? I said, “What”? It was funny. Because it was a joke. But, in reality, it was anything but funny. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder as of late. And I began to ask myself: should I get a hearing test?
There aren’t really that many reasons not to schedule yourself for a hearing exam. They’re not invasive, there’s no radiation, you don’t have to worry about discomfort. It’s really just that you haven’t put aside time to do it.
You should really be more diligent about keeping track of your hearing because, if left untreated, it can affect your overall health.
Hearing assessments are essential for many reasons. It’s usually hard for you to observe the earliest indications of hearing loss without one, and even mild hearing loss can affect your health.
So how will you know if you should make an appointment? Here are some indications that it’s time.
Signs you should get a hearing test
If you’ve recently observed any of the signs of hearing loss, it’s probably a good idea to get a professional hearing screening. Naturally, if things are difficult to hear, that’s a pretty strong indication of hearing loss.
But some of the other indications of hearing loss are more subtle:
- Ringing that won’t subside: A common sign of injured hearing is a ringing in the ears, also called tinnitus. Ringing in the ear may or may not indicate hearing loss. But it’s certainly a sign that you should schedule a hearing exam.
- It sounds like everybody’s mumbling all the time: Often, it’s clearness not volume you need to be concerned about. Trouble making out conversations is one of the first signs that something is going bad with your hearing. If you notice this happening more often, you might want to schedule a hearing test.
- You always miss alerts for text messages: Mobile devices are made to be loud enough for you to be able to hear. So if you keep noticing text messages or calls that you failed to hear, it’s probably because you didn’t hear them. And maybe, when you think about it, you’re failing to hear more common sounds.
- You have a difficult time hearing when you’re in a loud environment: Have you ever had a hard time keeping up with conversations because of background noise in a crowded room? That may actually be an indication of hearing loss. Being able to isolate sounds is one sign of a healthy ear; this ability tends to decline as hearing loss advances.
Here are some other situations that indicate you should schedule a hearing exam:
- You can’t easily identify where particular sounds are originating
- You have vertigo
- Your ears aren’t clearing earwax thoroughly
- You take specific medications that can damage your hearing
- You have an ear infection and it won’t clear up
This list, clearly, is not extensive. For example, if your TV’s volume is maxed and you still can’t hear it. But any one of these signs is worth looking into.
But what if, to your knowledge, you haven’t experienced any of these possible signs of hearing loss? Is there a guideline for how frequently you should go get your hearing checked? With all of the other guidelines for everything, this one seems like a no-brainer. There are, actually, some recommendations.
- Sometime after you turn 21, you should get a hearing test. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
- If your hearing is normal, have hearing examinations or tests every three years or so. That can be a huge chunk of time to pay attention to, so make certain they’re marked in your medical records somewhere.
- You’ll want to get checked immediately if you notice any signs of hearing loss and after that once every year.
It will be easier to uncover any hearing loss before any warning signs become apparent with regular screenings. The earlier you find treatment, the better you’ll be able to protect your hearing in the long run. Which means, you should probably turn your TV down and schedule a hearing examination.