From the moment a new baby is born we become inundated with check-ups, general visits, and annual monitoring appointments with various types of doctors. In the beginning the first few days of life are filled with hearing tests, eye tests, and medical tests. Then, in the first year of life, the doctor wants to see your baby at least once every month to every three months to makes sure he or she is progressing well. However, unless there is an issue, no one thinks of checking the baby’s hearing again. Once the baby turns three years old, we begin taking him or her to the dentist once a year or once every six months like clockwork. It is not until kindergarten or first grade that anyone thinks about the child’s ears or eyes again. With such poor habits from the onset concerning ear care, why would we be expected to think about it more crucially in adulthood? Well, listen up, because your ears matter
Just like physicals as you age, hearing tests have a recommended timeline. Granted, as with any other issue, these recommendations go out the window if you either have a history of ear problems in your immediate family or you are beginning to experience an issue with your ears in between visits. However, for the everyday person, there is a recommended timeline that everyone should adhere to when dealing with your ears. Apparently, in medicine, the magic age is forty. Prior to forty, once every five years is sufficient to undergo a hearing test. Between the ages of forty and sixty it moves to every three years. Then, at the ripe young age of sixty, testing should be done every two years.
The Difference It Makes
As your body ages and as you experience life, your body changes. In the early years the change is likely gradual and not noticeable. However, as you get older, your body begins to develop issues at a quicker rate. Exposure to things like loud music, crying children, and continual telephone usage can add to the deterioration of your hearing, as easily as sitting too close to the television can add to the deterioration of your eyesight. You may begin to notice excessive ringing in your ears or the inability to hear people in another room as you once could. You may even feel clogged more often than usual. These issues may not be reversible but they are all treatable, as long as you stay on top of your appointments. Because life often gets in the way of noticing, we may not even realize we are deteriorating. Keeping our appointments with the audiologist as scheduled will help us notice when something is not right before it becomes a bigger problem than necessary. Most importantly, a small problem, like contact ear infections or ringing in the ears, can be indicative of another medical problem that may not even be related to your ears. To receive a hearing test and follow up with your audiologist as followed, a diagnosis or medical plan can be devised to make sure whatever the ailment is gets treated and not left to grow uncontrollably.
If you need to meet with an audiologist and begin the process of staying on top of your ear health, contact the experts at Hearing of America at (651) 528-7868.