Most people have their eyes tested every two years, their teeth checked every 6-12 months, and a checkup with their family doctor at least once a year. Unfortunately, many people are not in the habit of having their ears checked by an audiologist as often as they should.
For some, this is because they are having a hard time accepting their hearing difficulties, while for others, it is simply because the guidelines for hearing monitoring are not as well known as for other health issues. Here are our general guidelines for when you should have a hearing test.
Baseline assessment: Everyone should have a baseline hearing assessment before age 40, as this is when age-related hearing changes can begin to occur. Because hearing loss often happens very gradually, knowing when you have a hearing loss can be difficult to determine yourself. Documenting your hearing status allows us to monitor changes over time and helps us determine the most appropriate time to intervene.
Monitor every two years: If a hearing loss was noted on your baseline assessment, hearing tests should be completed every 1-2 years, depending on your audiologist’s recommendations. If your baseline assessment showed normal hearing, routine monitoring is still beneficial and is essential by age 50.
In some cases, monitoring your hearing health should begin much earlier. These include, if you are regularly exposed to loud noise, have a family history of early onset hearing loss, or have health issues related to increased risk of hearing loss, such as heart or kidney disease, diabetes, or are on certain medications. If you fall into any of these categories, contact one of our locally owned and operated clinics to book an assessment with one of our certified audiologists.