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When we are asked how often a hearing test is needed, our response is usually “it depends.” It’s an important question because the first step toward recovery and continuing hearing health services is understanding your hearing capacity. Let’s take a look at the various hearing categories that could necessitate more frequent testing.
Guidelines for hearing testing for the average person
According to the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, healthy adults between 18 and 40 should have hearing tests every 3 to 5 years (ASHA). As long as people in this population don’t have any hearing problems, a 3- to 5-year upgrade to the hearing baseline should be enough to detect any significant changes.
While it might seem that your hearing capacity has not changed in the interim, our minds are very adept at adjusting to changes in the acoustic landscape. Even if you don’t believe you’ve lost your hearing capacity, a hearing test could show you otherwise.
Who needs more frequent testing?
Several groups of people should have more frequent tests.
- Those aged 60 or over: First and foremost, anyone over the age of 60 should get their hearing tested at least once a year. Even if you are fortunate to have good hearing capacity at this age, a hearing test can detect when the hearing aid is needed, even before you are aware of the need.
- Those who have already been diagnosed: Many that have already been diagnosed with hearing loss should have their hearing tested once a year. Changes in hearing capacity can necessitate the use of additional aids and the ones you already have.
- Those who work or live in noisy environments: Annual hearing tests are needed to track your abilities if you know your job exposes you to noise, even if you wear hearing protection. Keep in mind that while hearing protection extends the amount of time you may spend doing noisy things or working, it does not eliminate the risk of hearing loss. Your employer may already require annual hearing checks, so keep track of your last workplace-mandated hearing test and take control of your hearing health.
After a hearing test, what happens next?
Suppose your hearing capacity stays within an acceptable range of your original hearing baseline. In that case, you should be fine before your next scheduled test.
However, suppose your hearing test shows a loss in various frequencies. In that case, our team would recommend a treatment plan to address your hearing needs.
Hearing aids are used in most hearing loss cases, and our team is up to date with the latest assistive technologies to meet your needs. Be sure to note any situations that make it especially difficult to hear during your consultation, as well as any specific aspects of your lifestyle that would be useful to know.
Let us know whether you are athletic or enjoy spending time outdoors in the elements. There could be better hearing aids for you, such as water-resistant aids or units that can sync with television, music, and other audio for your workouts. We will be able to suggest some aids that are appropriate for you based on this information, and you will be able to choose the best combination of functionality and cost. After you have been fitted, our team will continue to provide you with fitting and instructions on how to get the most out of your new hearing aids.
While it takes some time to get used to hearing aids, they can offer a slew of advantages in terms of communication and a renewed appreciation for the world of sound. If you think it is time for your hearing test, we’re here to help! Contact us today to set up an appointment.