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When is it time to have your hearing checked? Here are four indicators that you need to get your hearing tested.

I guess my TV is regularly cranked up to the point where my kids recently complained. And guess what I said. I said, “What”? It was humorous. Because it was a joke. But, in reality, it was anything but funny. I have needed to turn the TV up increasingly louder as of late. And that got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a hearing test.

It really doesn’t make much sense to neglect getting a hearing test. Hearing tests don’t cause you any discomfort, they’re non-invasive, and there isn’t any radiation. You’ve most likely just been putting it on the back-burner.

You should really be more diligent about keeping track of your hearing because, if left unchecked, it can affect your overall health.

There are lots of good reasons why hearing assessments are essential. It’s often challenging for you to identify the earliest indications of hearing loss without one, and even mild hearing impairment can impact your health.

So how can you recognize if you should make an appointment? Here are some signs that it’s time.

You should get your hearing tested if you observe these signs

It’s time to get a professional hearing assessment if you’ve been experiencing symptoms of hearing loss recently. Clearly, it’s a powerful indication of hearing loss if you’re having a hard time hearing.

But some of the other signs of hearing loss are more subtle:

  • You always miss alerts for text messages: Your phone (or mobile device, as they’re called these days) is designed to be loud. So if you’re frequently missing calls or text messages, it may be because you can’t hear them. And if you can’t hear your mobile device, what else might you be missing?
  • You have a tough time hearing when you’re in a loud setting: Have you ever been to a busy or loud room and had difficulty hearing the conversation because of all the background noise? If this sounds familiar you could be developing hearing loss. Being able to identify sounds is one sign of a healthy ear; this ability tends to diminish as hearing loss advances.
  • Ringing that won’t clear itself up: Ringing in your ears, which goes by the name of tinnitus, is frequently a symptom of hearing damage. Ringing in the ear might or might not indicate hearing loss. But if the ringing won’t go away, you should definitely call us for a hearing evaluation.
  • It seems as if people are mumbling when they speak: In some cases, it’s not loss of volume you have to worry about, it’s a loss of definition. Trouble following along with conversations is one of the first signs that something is going bad with your hearing. If you detect this happening more often, you may want to schedule a hearing test.

This list isn’t exhaustive, here are a few more:

  • You have vertigo
  • You regularly use specific medications that are recognized to have an effect on your hearing.
  • you’re experiencing an ear infection and it won’t clear up
  • It’s hard to determine the origin of sounds
  • Your ears aren’t clearing earwax thoroughly

This checklist is by no means exhaustive. For example, if your TV’s volume is maxed and you still can’t hear it. It would be a good idea to follow up on any of these symptoms.

Routine checkups

But what if, to your awareness, you haven’t encountered any of these potential symptoms of hearing impairment? So how frequently should you have your hearing checked? With all of the other guidelines for everything, this one seems like a no-brainer. There are, actually, some suggestions.

  • Get a baseline exam done sometime after you’re 21. Then your mature hearing will have a standard.
  • If your hearing is healthy, undergo hearing examinations or tests every three years or so. But be sure you note these appointments in your calendar or medical records because it’s easy to forget over these large periods of time.
  • If you show signs of hearing loss, you will want to get it tested right away, and then yearly after that.

Routine screenings can help you discover hearing loss before any red flags surface. The earlier you obtain treatment, the better you’ll be able to preserve your hearing in the long run. Which means, you should probably turn your TV down and make an appointment for a hearing test.

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