Advantage Hearing & Audiology

When Should You Have Your Hearing Tested?

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Hearing health is often something that people forget about when they are getting themselves checked out. This is a habit that needs to change and fast because if you are not getting your hearing tested, how are you going to know if you need any help? We’re not saying this to scare you, we just want you to think of your hearing health in the same way that you would think about going to a doctor or a dentist. When is the right time to get your hearing tested by an audiologist? Good question and we’ve got the answer right here.

Three-to-five years

You really should be having your hearing tested when you go for your annual checkup. A hearing test should be included once every three to five years when you go for these visits. This way, you can be sure that your hearing is in the best possible condition and if for any reason there is something that you need, you can have access to it sooner rather than later.

Another reason you need to be having a test this frequently is because hearing loss can occur over time and you might not even notice it at first. A trained audiologist, however, will be able to notice the first signs of hearing loss and help you find the best way to keep your hearing the best it can be.

Issues present

If you are noticing issues yourself concerning your hearing, you should book an appointment with an audiologist straight away. Your hearing needs to be taken just as seriously as any other physical condition. You wouldn’t avoid going to a trained professional if you were noticing symptoms of any other physical issue and your hearing should be no different. An audiologist will be able to advise you on what steps to take if any are needed.

Or, they will simply tell you that your hearing is fine and then help you with ideas on the best ways to keep it in this condition. Even if your hearing is still at optimum levels, establishing a baseline can help you monitor your auditory health in the following years.

Any pain

If you have any pain in your ears, you should book an appointment with an audiologist. It might be something as simple as an earache, but it is better to have it checked and be safe. Don’t be afraid of going because you think you will be viewed as silly, this is not going to happen as all audiologists are professionally trained and know that if you are experiencing any pain in your ears, getting it checked is the best thing to do. This is going to be especially true if your pain is severe. If you find yourself experiencing severe ear pain or any fluids coming from your ear, you need to be seen as soon as possible.