Most adults received their last hearing test when they were in grade school. It is a good idea to have your hearing checked when you are an adult at least once during your annual physical. Did you know that you can now get your hearing checked at your annual eye exam now? When you come to the office for your annual eye exam you will be asked to fill out a hearing questionnaire and based on your answers you will be asked if you want your hearing screened for free.
This test becomes your baseline test, so that later, if you do suffer hearing loss, your audiologist can compare your loss to your baseline. This will create a better picture as to how severe your loss is, so that you can be treated appropriately.
Tips for Getting a Baseline Hearing Test
Things you should know about getting a baseline hearing test:
- Have one at least once in your adult life between the ages of 21 and 60.
- Your audiologist will most likely give you your test results in an audiogram, which will be reviewed with you.
- If your audiogram demonstrates you have hearing loss, further hearing tests may be called for.
- If your audiologist determines your hearing loss is not significant, you do not need to be tested again unless your symptoms change.
Signs You Should Get Your Hearing Checked
There are definitely other occasions besides your yearly hearing exam that you may want to make an appointment with your hearing specialist. For example, if you recognize signs of hearing loss. And in those cases, it’s often a good idea to promptly get in touch with a hearing professional and schedule a hearing test.
Some of the signs that might prompt you to get a hearing test could include:
- Your hearing is dull like there is water in your ears.
- Regularly asking people to repeat themselves or slow down during a conversation.
- Cranking your television or car stereo to extremely high volumes (if your neighbors begin to complain, that’s a good indication you should see a hearing specialist right away).
- When you’re in a loud environment, you have trouble hearing conversations.
- Having a very hard time comprehending people when talking on the phone, mobile or otherwise
- It’s normal for hearing loss in the high pitched register to fail first and since consonants are in a higher pitched register than vowels, they generally go first.