While children often receive many hearing screenings as they grow, many adults overlook the necessity of regular hearing exams. Understandably, it can be difficult to know how often an adult’s hearing should be tested.
In most cases, adults under 50 should have their hearing checked once every few years, and those over 50 should undergo a hearing screening annually. However, the following adults may need testing more frequently:
- Patients who are exposed to high noise levels. Noise exposure is a major cause of hearing loss for patients, especially those who work in environments where loud noises are constant. Construction workers, military members, industrial workers, and employees who work in concert and sporting venues are particularly at risk. A twice-yearly hearing screening allows a patient to catch hearing loss in its earliest stages, allowing them to prevent further injury by using custom-made ear protection.
- Patients with hearing loss symptoms. Adults who have trouble hearing in crowds or who are constantly asking others to slow down or speak up should schedule a hearing exam as soon as possible. The earliest signs of hearing loss can affect patients of any age, and waiting until your yearly exam for an audiogram allows your condition to progress.
- Patients who have hearing aids. Patients who already wear a hearing aid will still need frequent testing appointments to monitor the changes in their hearing. Your hearing may worsen or improve over time, and audiology testing can determine if your hearing aid is delivering the best possible correction for your condition. A hearing care professional can also reprogram your device to adapt to any hearing changes, and can ensure that the fit of the device is still comfortable and secure.
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