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How Often Should You Go for a Hearing Test?

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One of the normal routine procedures that you should have done throughout your life, and especially as you get older, is a hearing test. Having frequent hearing tests is always going to make a difference to the way in which you relate to your hearing, and it will certainly help you to take it much more seriously in general. One of the main things that people often ask about hearing tests, is how often they should have them done, and this is not something that is at first immediately obvious. But knowing as much as possible about hearing tests – their importance, their overall benefits and so on – is going to help you to keep a good track over your own hearing, and that is something that we all need to do throughout our lives.

The importance of a hearing test

First, let’s discuss why it might be quite important to go and get your hearing tested frequently. You can’t quite be sure of the level of your hearing, especially considering that many people experience hearing loss as a very gradual thing that happens over a long period of time. So, it is important that you are fully aware of what kind of position your hearing is in at any one time, and a hearing test is the only objective way to make sure of that for most people. That alone is a great reason to get a frequent hearing test, and you should consider that enough of a reason in any case.

It’s also important to get hearing tests if you have experienced a sudden drop in hearing, as that could indicate a medical problem that needs dealing with urgently or at least as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to leave it alone and end up in a much worse position at the end of it all, so this is something that it is really a good idea to focus on. You might also want to think about the fact that a hearing test shows up a range of potential issues, not just to do with your hearing itself. For instance, it can show up any ear damage or damage to the nerves in the skull and could often show early signs of tumors and things like that too. So, it is also a good thing to have done regularly as a normal part of looking after your physical health in general.

As you can see, it is very important that you have hearing tests carried out regularly, and there might be many personal reasons beyond these listed here that apply to you as well.

The hearing test process

That’s all well and good, but you might well be wondering what actually happens at a hearing test, and what you can expect to be a part of it. This is something that will always differ slightly from one audiologist to another, but there are also a range of tests that are pretty standard across all or most hearing tests too. The main one that you will have done is where you are asked to listen through headphones for sounds or changes in sounds and press a button when you notice anything. This test the capacity of your hearing, and generally the noises will get quieter and quieter or softer and softer along the way. This is a hugely important test that determines your hearing’s overall ability.

Beyond that, you might also be tested for whether your nerves are working, which is done by transmitting a sound through the bones in your skull and directly to your cochlea. This is clearly a very important medical test to have done, and it is one of the main ones that most audiologists will carry out when they are testing your hearing. There might be a range of other tests that your audiologist will want to carry out too, depending on you and the situation you are in and so on, so be prepared for that as well.

How often?

So, in terms of how often you should go for a hearing test, the very general overview is that you should go at least once every two years. However, if you are concerned about your hearing or your audiologist thinks you should keep an eye on it, you might be asked to go once a year or even more often. And if you are elderly then once a year might be a good idea too. To find out more, call HEARINC at 234-347-0155 today.