Many people would never dream of skipping their yearly medical checkups, and insist that their children and spouses undergo regular physical exams as well. But even the most diligent patients tend to overlook the importance of yearly hearing testing. On average, it takes most people who are struggling with hearing loss symptoms between 7 and 10 years to have their hearing tested—resulting in delayed treatment and further hearing loss.
Why Should I Get a Hearing Test Every Year?
There are many benefits to having a yearly hearing test. Just as with other health screenings, a hearing exam is your opportunity to ask questions and get informed about the risks you face as you grow older. An annual hearing test allows you and your hearing care provider a chance to:
- Identify issues. Each hearing test you take acts as a baseline for all the tests you have in the future, allowing your hearing specialist to instantly see any changes or warning signs. Your audiogram will allow you to see the degree of your hearing loss, while your hearing care provider can remove wax buildup and discuss the best course of treatment.
- Diagnose conditions. Hearing loss can be a stand-alone condition, or it could be caused by a medical problem. Many diseases and medical ailments can cause hearing loss as a side effect, and a hearing evaluation can be the first step toward whole-body health. If your hearing is being drowned out by a ringing in your ears, a hearing specialist can also diagnose the cause of your tinnitus, and determine if you need medical care to treat the underlying problem.
- Get treatment. If your test reveals that you have a hearing loss, you can begin to treat the problem right in our hearing care offices. We offer a wide variety of hearing aids to treat all types and degrees of hearing loss, including in-the-ear devices that are nearly invisible to others. Our hearing specialists can walk you through your options and help you decide which models and accessories will complement your lifestyle.
- Prevent further losses. The longer hearing loss goes undetected, the worse the condition will get. To make matters worse, progressive hearing loss can cause other life-altering conditions, such as depression, social withdrawal, and isolation. Untreated hearing loss can also result in brain atrophy, since the sound processing centers of the brain begin to shut down if they do not receive information. Fortunately, many of these conditions can be reversed with hearing aid treatment and hearing restoration therapy.
Do I Need a Hearing Test Right Now?
People who are experiencing early warning signs of hearing loss should get their hearing checked as soon as possible. Early treatment is the most effective way to prevent long-term hearing loss, so you should schedule a hearing test immediately if you have trouble hearing:
- Women or children. Higher-pitched sounds are often the first to go for hearing loss sufferers, such as the voices of women and children.
- On the first try. You may find that you frequently have to ask people to speak up or repeat themselves. If it seems like others are mumbling or speaking too quietly, the problem could be with your ears.
- The TV or telephone. People who live alone may not recognize the social cues of hearing loss, but instead notice that they avoid talking on the phone and have the TV and radio turned up to maximum.
- In public places. Many hearing loss sufferers have trouble hearing in noisy environments, such as workplaces, restaurants, and airplanes.
Contact Us Today for Your Free Hearing Exam!
In our offices, our hearing care providers offer free hearing examinations for all patients in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. Simply fill out our short online contact form or call the number on this page to make an appointment at our hearing care offices. You can also click on our contact page to find the office nearest you!