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Most people are accustomed to making regular checkups a routine part of their medical care. Annual physicals, dental exams and vision tests are all commonplace. Fewer individuals pay as much attention to their hearing, however. It’s not that they intentionally neglect their hearing; many are simply unaware of how often they should have their hearing tested, and the number of physicians recommending routine hearing evaluations is small.
How often you have your hearing tested depends on your age. Newborn hearing screenings are essential, of course, and regular checkups throughout childhood are commonplace. “Few adults give their hearing much thought unless they are experiencing a noticeable loss or a sudden change in their hearing ability,” says Paul Pietrzyk, Au.D., CCC-A, an audiologist with TriHealth. “By then, their options for treatment may be more limited, so it’s important to follow the guidelines to detect hearing loss early.”
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) guidelines state that healthy adults ages 18-40 years old, who are not experiencing any noticeable hearing loss, should have their hearing tested every three to five years. Dr. Pietrzyk recommends more frequent hearing for any of the following individuals:
If you notice a sudden change or decrease in your hearing ability, you should promptly have your hearing tested by an audiologist and also be seen by an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician for a medical evaluation.