When Should I Get My Hearing Tested and How Often?
Hearing tests are an integral part of assessing, and subsequently diagnosing, hearing loss. They can help detect conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus relief, SSD, and a range of other conditions that affect hearing. If you don’t have your hearing tested regularly, you risk leaving hearing problems undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
When Should I Get My Hearing Tested?
It’s important to have your hearing tested as soon as you suspect hearing loss may be present. Hearing loss often develops gradually over time, so it can be difficult to pinpoint when symptoms start. However, there are early warning signs that you might be developing hearing loss. If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, it’s time to book an appointment with Perth audiologist providing hearing loss services and hearing aids.
Book in for a hearing test if there are social indicators such as:
- You’re experiencing tinnitus (loud ringing not coming from an external sound)
- You frequently have to ask people to repeat themselves
- You have difficulty focussing on conversations
- You struggle to isolate voices in loud environments (e.g. in a crowded café or in a meeting)
- You feel tired from straining to hear others
- You struggle to hear the TV or radio at a normal volume
- You feel stressed and annoyed at not being able to hear properly
- You can hear better on one side than the other
- You have trouble understanding people on the phone
- People sound like they’re mumbling
Or if there are medical indicators such as:
- You’ve had a viral or bacterial infection in the ear
- Your ear has been damaged
- You’ve experienced physical trauma to the head
- You have a family history of hearing loss
- You take ototoxic medications
- You have a circulatory or thyroid condition
- You’ve been exposed to loud noise over a long period of time or a single extremely loud noise, such as an explosion
How Often Should I Get My Hearing Tested?
It’s a good idea to get hearing tests routinely throughout your life. If you’ve never had your hearing tested, we suggest you come in for a hearing assessment from one of our audiologists in Perth to establish a baseline test. This baseline test should be carried out as early as possible in your adult life as it comes in handy if you experience any of the above signs of hearing loss and need to have another test. The results of the second test can be compared with the baseline to detect the severity of any hearing loss.
After your initial baseline test, your audiologist will provide advice based on your test results, medical condition and history and let you know when to come back in for a future hearing test. The time period will vary depending on your age and condition.
At Hearing And Audiology, we have the best audiologists in Perth offering range of hearing tests for adults, children’s, pensioners and veterans, tinnitus assessments that are carried out in both quiet and noisy environments so that we can effectively determine particular types of hearing loss and the best hearing course of treatment.