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How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test?

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Regular hearing tests are essential for maintaining optimal auditory health, clear hearing, and overall well-being. At Cross Timbers ENT, with convenient locations in Arlington, Midlothian, and Mansfield, TX, our experienced team of Dallas, TX ENT specialists understands the importance of routine hearing assessments to detect any issues early and provide timely intervention that can help preserve your hearing for longer and avoid worsening symptoms or further loss of hearing.

Beyond childhood hearing tests at the pediatrician or through school, many people don't realize when, how, or how often their hearing should be tested. The answer will vary based on personal patient factors, like age and existing hearing problems. For example, children and seniors may need to be screened somewhat frequently, while young adults in otherwise good auditory health can potentially go years between formal hearing tests. Here, we'll outline the importance of hearing tests, who may need them, the types of hearing tests available, and what to do if you miss a scheduled test.

Do you really need to get your hearing tested?

Generally speaking, hearing tests are critical for identifying potential hearing loss or other auditory issues before they become severe. Like many other conditions, including cancer, early detection of hearing loss or hearing problems can prevent further deterioration and improve your quality of life — as hearing loss can affect your ability to communicate, your social interactions, and even your mental health. By regularly testing your hearing, you can address issues promptly and avoid complications associated with untreated hearing loss, such as cognitive decline and social isolation.

Who needs a hearing test?

Hearing tests are not just for the elderly. In fact, people of all ages can benefit from regular auditory testing. People who should consider regular hearing testing include:

  • Newborns/infants
  • Children and adolescents
  • Adults and workers regularly exposed to loud noises
  • Seniors
  • Those with hearing problems, concerns about hearing, ringing in the ears, and other ear-related issues

Which type of hearing test do I need?

At Cross Timbers ENT, we offer a range of hearing tests to evaluate different aspects of your auditory function. Some common types of hearing tests we may recommend based on your concerns, symptoms, and risk factors include:

  • Audiometry: This test measures your ability to hear sounds at various pitches and volumes. You'll wear headphones and indicate when you hear a sound.
  • Tympanometry: This test evaluates the function of your middle ear by measuring the movement of your eardrum in response to changes in air pressure.
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE): This test checks the function of the inner ear (cochlea) by measuring sound waves produced in response to clicks or tones.

How often are hearing tests required?

While employees in certain jobs with elevated noise exposures may require regular hearing tests, most people are subject to strict requirements for hearing testing. Instead, the frequency of hearing tests for average people varies based on age, risk factors, and any existing hearing issues. Some general recommendations for hearing tests include:

  • Newborns: Should be screened shortly after birth.
  • Children and adolescents: Should have their hearing tested at least once before starting school and then periodically during routine health check-ups.
  • Adults (18 – 60 years): Should consider getting a hearing test every ten years.
  • Seniors (60 years and older): Should have their hearing tested every 1 – 3 years.

If you have risk factors for hearing loss, such as occupational noise exposure or a family history of hearing loss, you may need more frequent testing. Additionally, keep in mind that these are general guidelines for hearing tests and that only you and your healthcare provider or ENT can determine how often you should get a hearing test.

What if I miss my hearing test?

If you miss a scheduled hearing test, don't worry, but do try and reschedule it as soon as possible. Delaying a hearing assessment can lead to prolonged periods of untreated hearing loss, which may have negative impacts on your quality of life. At Cross Timbers ENT, we understand that unexpected circumstances come up, and we will work to accommodate your schedule and ensure you receive the care you deserve.

Protect one of your most precious assets with regular hearing tests in DFW

Regular hearing tests are a critical component of maintaining your overall health and well-being. At Cross Timbers ENT, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive hearing care for patients of all ages. Whether it's time for your routine hearing test or you have concerns about your auditory health, our team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your hearing test in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian, TX, and take the first step toward better hearing health for you and your family.

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