We always get asked "When's a good time to get my hearing checked?" There are a few basic guidelines but we have always been of the strong belief that hearing care should be personalized. If you are 50 years of age or older and you haven't had a baseline evaluation, take the time to schedule an appointment with an Audiologist.
Hearing loss is a chronic condition. It happens gradually and we are usually the last ones to notice. When we misinterpret or miss parts of a conversation, it can have a significant impact on relationships both at home and in the workplace.
If you have parents, grandparents or other family members with hearing loss, it raises red flags. Schedule an evaluation as a starting point. The odds are with you for potential changes in your hearing as the years go by.
A history of noise exposure whether it was sitting in front of an amp at a Rolling Stones concert, on the job in a factory without ear protection or if you served in the military, you are at risk for changes in hearing. If you remember your ears feeling plugged, stuffed or ringing, the damage has been done. And although it may have happened many years ago it's due to show up later.
It is clearly documented that there are medical conditions related to changes in hearing. These commonly include heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Each of these conditions require monitoring that should be personal and specific. A combination of any factors increases your risk for changes in your hearing and your Audiologist will make the proper plan for followup.
If you take the steps to have a baseline test and the results are normal, we recommend repeating that test in the next 2-3 yrs. Certainly if you notice any changes it's always the right time. Take charge and make an appointment to see an Audiologist. We're waiting for you.