An audiologists Otoscope placed on an Audiogram following a hearing test

Why is it worthwhile to have your hearing examined regularly? That’s because your general health can be significantly impacted by hearing loss. Having your hearing assessed regularly can help you detect hearing loss early, get care quicker, and, improve your health, wellness, and quality of life.

Who should get a hearing examination?

A loss in hearing capability can create effects that can greatly hinder your health and wellness. Social isolation, for example, can be a consequence of untreated hearing loss. Even while doing tasks such as going to the store, people who suffer from hearing loss will often avoid reaching out to friends and family because they have a difficult time understanding conversations. It might not be shocking that this type of social isolation can lead to mental health problems, but it may come as a surprise to learn that it can be harmful to your physical health too.

Other health issues can be the result of untreated hearing loss also. For example, untreated hearing loss has been linked to many chronic conditions, including cognitive decline and depression. Comorbidities, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease have also been associated with hearing loss.

So scheduling a routine hearing assessment will be a good plan for pretty much everyone.

You should get your hearing checked for these four reasons

Getting your hearing tested can be helpful to your overall health for four specific reasons.

1. You can determine the baseline for your healthy hearing

It might seem silly to get your hearing tested while your hearing is still healthy, right? Well, getting a hearing exam early is a good plan for a number of reasons. The most important is that a hearing test will give us a precise picture of your present hearing health. If your hearing changes in the future, this will make it easier to detect. Early symptoms of hearing loss frequently go undetected because hearing loss usually progresses slowly over time.

Before you notice any symptoms, a hearing test will help identify hearing loss in its early stages.

2. Diagnose and treat problems earlier

Hearing loss typically advances gradually over time. You’ll have a better prognosis, as a result, if you recognize your hearing loss early. This is because you’re capable of treating the condition at the earliest possible time.

When you get treatment early it will mean doing things like using ear protection or possibly wearing hearing aids. Treatment can help prevent many of the associated problems listed above, such as cognitive decline, depression, and social isolation.

3. It’s easier to measure future changes

Your hearing loss will keep progressing even after you get diagnosed. Routine hearing tests can help you detect changes as you go along, and make changes to your treatment plan as necessary.

4. You can avoid additional damage to your ears

Hearing loss that progresses gradually over time is usually caused by damage. Visiting us regularly to get your hearing assessed helps you identify that damage as early as possible, and it also gives you access to a substantial resource: your hearing specialist. We can help you keep your hearing as healthy as possible by providing you with treatments, best practices, and information.

For instance, we can help you identify ways to safeguard your ears from day-to-day damage or develop strategies designed to help you keep sounds around you quieter.

What should my hearing exam routine look like?

Generally speaking, it’s recommended that adults undergo a hearing exam sometime in their 20s or 30s, on the earlier side. It’s normally ordinary best practice to get a hearing exam every ten years thereafter unless you notice signs of hearing loss or we recommend something more often.

What should I expect my hearing test to be like? Hearing tests are generally completely non-invasive. Frequently, all you do is put on special headphones and listen for a particular sound.

Whether you need some hearing protection or a new pair of hearing aids, we will be able to help you with the best hearing care. And we can help you figure out what your hearing test schedule should be.

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