When Should You Have a Hearing Test?
Is it time you paid a visit to your audiologist for a hearing test? Or is that something that would never ever cross your mind? If so, don’t panic, you are in very good company. While the vast majority of us are well acquainted with the waiting rooms of our doctors and dentists, only a minority actually get their ears tested as often as they should. And most likely, when they eventually do, it’s because their hearing problems are already well underway.
If all this sounds familiar, there’s a good chance that you should consider booking an appointment with your audiologist right now. Given that hearing loss is overlooked by the many, there may be a chance that you can catch a problem before it develops into something more serious. With this in mind, here are a few other occasions when you should have a hearing test.
For the first time
As mentioned, we all see our doctors and dentists, but most people have never been to an audiologist. If you haven’t had a test since childhood, you are running a risk. Why not find out if there is anything wrong with your hearing that you don’t even realize? Or, at the very least, get the all-clear for the next couple of years? It doesn’t take long, is entirely pain-free, and who knows? It may even solve a problem you didn’t know you had!
Did you know that over a fifth of the population has some degree of hearing loss? And if you only focus on the over-40s to the mid-60s, that dial moves to double? If you take anything from this guide, let it be this - if you don’t get a hearing test every couple of years as you get older, you have a higher than 50 percent chance of developing hearing health problems. They will only get worse as time goes by, so nip things in the bud sooner rather than later.
When you can’t hear
Hearing loss can occur slowly over many years, and it’s quite common to not realize how bad your condition is getting - because it feels completely normal. However, there are a few clues to watch - or listen - out for. First of all, if you struggle to hear people or follow conversations in groups, you might have a hearing problem. Secondly, if you have to strain to hear what other people are saying, especially in noisy environments, it’s another sign you might have an issue. It could just be that you are suffering from a significant build up of wax - but it might be the sign of something else. Either way, it’s a good idea to see your audiologist.
If you are in a certain demographic
Demographic play an important role in determining your risk from hearing loss. The older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from hearing loss. So, it makes sense to see your audiologist if you are under the age of 50 but haven’t had a test for the past decade. If you are over 50, however, you should be having tests every couple of years at least.
If you suffer from certain symptoms
No matter how old you are, you should always see your audiologist if you suffer from a range of different symptoms. For example, if you work in a very noisy environment and are exposed to constant loud noises, it’s a good idea to seek regular tests. If you hear better in one ear than the other, or sometimes suffer from weird, unexplained dizziness or vertigo, it’s another sign to visit your audiologist. There’s nothing to lose - so why not book your appointment today!