Woman getting her hearing test to see if she has hearing loss.

According to one recent survey, nearly 30% of people have gone more than ten years without getting a hearing test. One of those people is Sofia. She knows to get her oil changed every 3000 miles, she has a checkup with the dentist every six months, and she reports dutifully for her annual medical examination. But she hasn’t had a hearing exam in a long time.

Hearing exams are important for a wide range of reasons, the most notable of which is that it’s often difficult for you to discover the initial signs of hearing loss without one. Knowing how frequently she should get a hearing exam will help Sofia keep her ears (and hearing) as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

How Often Do You Need to Get a Hearing Assessment?

If the last time Sofia had a hearing test was a decade ago, we may be concerned. Or maybe it doesn’t phase us. Our reaction, and the reaction of her hearing specialist, probably will vary depending on how old she is. That’s because hearing specialists have different guidelines based on age.

  • If you’re over fifty years old: The general suggestion is that anybody above the age of fifty should undergo hearing checks annually. Loss of hearing is more likely to affect your life as you grow older because noise damage begins to add up. Also, there are other health issues that can affect your hearing.
  • It’s normally recommended that you take a hearing test every three years or so. There’s no issue having your ears tested more often, of course! The bare minimum is every three years. You should certainly get examined more often if you are frequently in a noisy setting. There’s no reason not to do it, it’s painless and simple.

If you want to undergo hearing examinations or tests more often, there’s obviously no harm in that, at least when it involves your hearing. The sooner you identify any issues, the sooner you’ll be capable of addressing whatever hearing loss that might have developed since your last hearing test.

You Should Get Your Hearing Checked if You Notice These Signs

There are undoubtedly other occasions besides your yearly hearing test that you might want to make an appointment with your hearing professional. As an example, if you notice symptoms of hearing loss. And in those instances, it’s usually a good plan to immediately contact a hearing specialist and schedule a hearing test.

Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:

  • It’s common for hearing loss in the high pitched register to fail first and since consonants are in a higher pitched register than vowels, they commonly fail first.
  • Sounds seem muffled; it’s starting to sound as if you always have water in your ears.
  • Phone interactions are always hard to hear.
  • When you’re in a loud environment, you have difficulty hearing conversations.
  • Listening to your favorite music at extremely high volumes.
  • Constantly asking people to slow down or repeat themselves during a conversation.

A good indicator that right now is the best time to get a hearing exam is when the warning signs start to add up. You need to recognize what’s happening with your hearing and that means having a hearing exam sooner rather than later.

What Are The Benefits of Hearing Testing?

There are plenty of excuses why Sofia may be late in having her hearing test. Maybe she hasn’t thought about it. Possibly thinking about it is something she is simply avoiding. But there are tangible benefits to getting your hearing tested per recommendations.

And it will be easier to diagnose hearing deviations in the future if you get your hearing tested by forming a baseline reading even if it seems like everything is just fine. You can safeguard your hearing better if you detect it before it becomes a problem.

That’s exactly why Sophia has to go to her scheduled hearing appointments before any permanent injury happens. Early detection by a hearing test can help your hearing stay healthy for a long time. Considering the impact of hearing loss on your overall health, that’s important.