Audiology Hearing Clinic of Mequon

(262) 241-3144
11649 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
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How Often Do You Need a Hearing Test?

an ear being tested using a specialized hearing device

A lot of people do not think about getting a hearing test until they have no other choice but to do so they have started to notice some very alarming signs of hearing loss. However, whether it is a doctor’s appointment for a check-up or a dental check-up, we tend to do this on a periodic basis so that we can preserve our health. So, why do we not have the same approach when it comes to hearing tests that are provided by audiologists? With that thought in mind, we are going to look at some key tips and pieces of advice when it comes to hearing loss prevention through regular hearing tests.

How Often Should You Get Your Hearing Tested

It is typically advised that healthy adults have a hearing test a minimum of once every 10 years. However, the period in between tests should reduce once you get older. While there are different types of hearing loss, age-induced hearing loss is very common. Therefore, if you are aged 60-years-old or above, it is advisable to make sure you get a hearing test once per year. 

This is because when you get older, the hairs in your inner ear can become damaged. These hairs have the responsibility of transmitting sound waves further down the canal. Therefore, hearing loss is more common as people get older. This is why you need to make sure you get your hearing check out on a more regular basis the older you get. 

What If You Work in a Noisy Hearing Environment

However, if you are under the age of 60-years-old and you currently work in an environment that has high noise levels, such as a farm, nightclub, road maintenance or construction, it is vital to get your hearing checked every few years, instead of every decade. This is because these work environments include noisy equipment, like jackhammers and so your hearing health is more at risk. Of course, you also need to make a dedicated effort to wear the correct protective equipment so that you can reduce the chances of any hearing loss happens because of your work environment. 

Book an Appointment If You Notice Any Symptoms

It goes without saying that you should not wait to book an appointment if you have any symptoms. If you are struggling to follow conversations or listening to the TV on a louder volume, for example, get a hearing test booked.

We hope that this has helped you to get a better insight into how regularly you should book a hearing test with your audiologist. A hearing test is important to assess the current state of your hearing and whether or not you need any form of assistance in terms of a hearing device. While it can be easy to simply overlook the need for a hearing examination, the early detection of any sort of issue can be a massive benefit when it comes to your future quality of life.