December 4, 2023
Hello, this is Dr. Emma Durazzo, co-founder and audiologist at Anywhere Audiology. As part of our new 'Ask the Audiologist' series, I'll be addressing some of the most common questions our patients ask us.
Today's focus is on the frequency of hearing tests. As an audiologist, I find it challenging to set a universal standard for hearing test frequency because hearing loss varies greatly among individuals. Factors like age, genetics, lifestyle, and noise exposure all play a role. Additionally, hearing loss typically develops gradually, making it hard for people to recognize changes on their own.
We’ll take a look at hearing tests and break it down to the frequency required by age group.
Hearing tests, also known as audiometric evaluations, are essential tools for monitoring your auditory health. These evaluations measure the ability of your auditory system to perceive and process sounds. They involve a series of assessments that help determine the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss, if any.
Signs you might need a hearing test include difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, frequently asking others to repeat themselves, and having to turn up the volume on your television or radio.
Hearing tests are typically performed by experienced audiologists like myself in a sound-treated booth. However, at Anywhere Audiology, we bring this service directly to your home, ensuring you receive high-quality hearing care at your convenience.
Newborns are typically screened for hearing loss right after birth. As children grow, we recommend hearing screenings every six to eight years until adulthood. Of course, if your child exhibits any sudden changes in their hearing, you should schedule a screening immediately.
For adults, the frequency of hearing tests often depends on age and medical status. The American Speech Language Hearing Association suggests that healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 60 should have their hearing tested every three to five years. However, if you're regularly exposed to loud noises or have noticed changes in your hearing, you may need to have your hearing tested more frequently.
Once you turn 60, we recommend annual hearing tests. This is due to the increased risk of presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, which can occur as we age. Regular check-ups can help identify any changes early on, leading to more effective treatment plans.
For those regularly exposed to loud noises, such as musicians, construction workers, or military personnel, annual hearing screenings are crucial. This is because exposure to sounds louder than 70 decibels can potentially cause hearing damage.
Even if you've already been diagnosed with hearing loss, regular check-ups remain essential. Your hearing can change over time, and it's important for your hearing aids to be adjusted accordingly. Regular visits with your audiologist can ensure you continue to receive maximum benefits from your hearing aids.
Regular hearing tests are vital for maintaining your auditory health. Early detection of hearing loss can lead to more effective treatment and lessen its impact on your quality of life. Regular screenings can also help identify any changes in your hearing ability, allowing for timely intervention and treatment.
At Anywhere Audiology, we understand the importance of regular hearing tests. That's why we bring our top-notch hearing services directly to your home. Our team of experienced audiologists, including Dr. Amanda Brady and Dr. Kathleen Wallace, is dedicated to providing personalized, accessible, and high-quality hearing care.
If you believe you're overdue for a hearing screening, or if you have any questions about your hearing health, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Anywhere Audiology. Call us at (201) 731-8828 for more information or to schedule a hearing test. We look forward to helping you on your hearing health journey.
Remember, taking care of your hearing is an essential part of your overall health. Regular hearing tests are a proactive step towards maintaining your auditory health and wellbeing. So, don't delay - schedule your hearing test today!