Why You Need To Get A Hearing Test
Based on the data from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 37.5 million American adults report some form of hearing problem. According to WebMD, hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the US. With this statistic getting a hearing test must be a priority.
When is the best time to get your hearing checked?
Getting a hearing test must be part of your health routine throughout your life. As a standard rule:
- People 18 to 45 years old must have their hearing checked every five years
- People 45 to 60 years old must have their hearing checked every three years.
- People 60 years old and above must have their hearing checked every two years.
Note that changes in your hearing may occur at any time in your life for various reasons. Noise is the main culprit, and this can happen anytime. If you detect a symptom or a problem with your hearing at any age, seek professional help right away. You can visit an audiologist for a hearing test.
It’s important to remember, if a hearing loss is diagnosed, it’s recommend you’re tested every 12- to 18-months to monitor for any changes or progressive diseases processes.
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Do you need your hearing checked?
If you have a hearing problem, it will affect your daily life. Symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty in understanding sounds or words
- Inaudible/muffled speech
- Frequent requests for someone to speak louder, slower or clearer
- The need to turn up the volume of a media device
Withdrawal from social interactions that require constant conversations is another indication of hearing loss. If you avoid such events because you’re embarrassed to be in a situation where you need to ask someone to repeat his words, then a hearing test is in order.
Why do you suffer from hearing loss?
While hearing problems occur when you get older, aging is not the only cause of this issue. You may suffer from loss of hearing due to:
- Overexposure to loud music
- Inner ear damage
- Build-up of dirt and earwax
- Damaged eardrum
- Ear infection or tumor
Why do you need to get your hearing checked?
Hearing loss happens. The good thing is it’s curable, especially when detected early on. A standard hearing test is less than an hour long. It’s also painless, so you don’t have to fear it. You need to get yourself a hearing test because it is an early warning sign for other serious health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. An untreated hearing problem may also increase the chance of dementia, depression, and social isolation.
A routine hearing test will help you eliminate any doubt of concern about your hearing. The test doesn’t cost a lot too. If it’s not an emergency, you can include it in your annual checkup. Getting yourself tested will help you live a healthy, hassle-free lifestyle.