Hearing loss is something that happens as we age. Because it can happen gradually, many people do not realize that they are experiencing a hearing loss. In fact, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that up to 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.
Left 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?
Before we explain when you should start having hearing assessment, let’s cover what you can expect in a hearing assessment. When you visit a hearing specialist, the hearing assessment performed is more in depth than the screening which is normally done at your primary doctor’s office. An audiology hearing assessment helps detect a broader spectrum of hearing loss issues.
When Should You Start Having Hearing Assessments?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommends a hearing screening at least once every 10 years until you reach 50. Once you reach 50, you should have your hearing assessed every three years. We recommend 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:
- It becomes hard to understand conversations in noisy environments.
- If you need to keep asking people to repeat what they said.
- When you raise the volume on the television or radio considerably louder than your family or friends do.
- You experience sudden hearing loss.
- You hear a ringing in your ears, called tinnitus.
- If you experience any balance issues or disorders, such as vertigo.
Learn more about the different signs of hearing loss here. If you would like to book in a hearing assessment, get in touch with the HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology) specialists today. To book an appointment with HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology), call 607-323-4061 or click here to book a consultation with us online.