When Should You Start Having Hearing Assessments?

When Should You Start Having Hearing Assessments?

It’s estimated that 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 12 experiences some level of hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), up to 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. 

Hearing loss is something that can happen as we age. In most cases, it happens very gradually. As a result, many people with impaired hearing are unaware of how much their hearing ability has been affected. 

Untreated hearing loss can have a big impact on your quality of life. Not only can it make communication more difficult, untreated hearing loss has actually been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline. With this in mind, you may be wondering when you should start having hearing assessments. 

What is a Hearing Assessment?

First, let’s explore what a hearing assessment actually is. When you visit a hearing specialist, they will perform a more in-depth hearing assessment than those normally done at your primary doctor’s office. An audiology hearing assessment helps hearing specialists detect a broader spectrum of hearing loss issues. 

When Should You Start Having Hearing Assessments?

Recommendations from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlight that you should be getting a hearing screening at least once every 10 years until you reach 50. From 50  years and above, you should be getting your hearing assessed every three years

A hearing assessment can detect a wider range of health issues. For this reason, we advise that you consider a hearing assessment as part of your regular annual physical. 

If you recognize any of the following symptoms at any age, we recommend booking in with a hearing care professional:

  • You struggle to understand conversation in noisy environments.
  • You ask people to repeat themselves frequently. 
  • You listen to the radio or watch the TV at far louder volumes than your friends or family do. 
  • You experience a sudden loss of hearing.
  • You hear a ringing in your ears, called tinnitus.
  • You experience any balance issues or disorders, such as vertigo.

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The purpose of this hearing assessment and/or demonstration is for hearing wellness and to determine if the consumer may benefit from using hearing aids, which may include selling and fitting hearing aids. Products demonstrated may differ from products sold. Assessment conclusion is not a medical diagnosis and further testing may be required to diagnose hearing loss. The use of any hearing aid may not fully restore normal hearing and does not prevent future hearing loss. Hearing instruments may not meet the needs of all hearing-impaired individuals.