There are a number of factors that go into determining when you should have your hearing tested. Understanding when to get a hearing test is crucial, as untreated hearing loss has been linked to a wide range of physical and mental health issues.
The Difference Between a Hearing Test and Hearing Screening
Going through a hearing screening is very different than having your hearing tested.
A hearing screening is a quick assessment that is usually conducted for those who are not experiencing hearing loss symptoms. Screenings typically involve a list of questions focused on the amount of noise you are exposed to in your daily life as well as your ability to hear in a variety of environments.
A hearing exam involves a number of hearing tests and is usually ordered only when you are experiencing hearing loss symptoms. Common tests included in a hearing exam are:
- Pure-tone testing
- Speech and word recognition tests
- Acoustic reflex measures
The results of a hearing test reveal your exact type and degree of hearing loss; this information is used by your audiologist to accurately program your hearing aids.
What If You Already Had Your Hearing Tested?
Many find themselves in the position where they previously had a hearing exam but did not choose to seek treatment at that time. If you fall into this category, experts recommend having your hearing tested every few years. Hearing loss is gradual and can worsen over time. The best treatment comes when your audiologist can work with the most up-to-date information.
Who Should Be Tested?
Newborns, infants and school-age children are all routinely screened for hearing loss. Unfortunately, adults can go years without having their hearing checked. Adults over the age of 60 and those who work in noisy occupations, such as a musician or waiter at Old Soul, should be screened every few years, as they are at an increased risk of developing hearing loss.
Regardless of your age or occupation, you should get a hearing test if you suspect you have hearing loss. Like most medical conditions, the earlier you seek treatment, the better the results.
To learn more about hearing tests or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute today.
Call Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute at (702) 735-7668 for more information or to schedule an appointment.