Why You Need An Annual Hearing Test
Have you ever asked, “how often should I get my hearing checked?” Read on to find the answers from our hearing aid experts! Or – click here to watch our video about the importance of an annual hearing test.
Hearing Group hearing professionals recommend annual hearing tests for all patients. If you wear hearing aids, an annual hearing test is even more important. Getting your hearing tested should be the same as going to the eye doctor or dentist – you should do it regularly! Just like you would get a new prescription for your glasses every year, we need to program any new hearing loss into your hearing aids every year.
An Annual Hearing Test Can Catch Changes In Hearing Loss
Unfortunately hearing loss does worsen over time, so it can change from year to year. Frequent exposure to loud noises, illness, injury or even medications can worsen your hearing loss, so it’s important to test it annually. Your hearing instrument’s efficiency can change over time, too.
When you come in for your annual hearing test, not only are we going to reprogram your hearing aids, but we also might need to change the gain in the receiver. The receiver can change the strength or power of the hearing aid. The tip/dome can make a difference with the acoustics of the hearing aid and might also need to be changed. And we can’t know about these things to fix them unless we see you and your hearing aids! But, when you come in for your test, we can see if your hearing loss has changed. We’ll also make sure that your hearing aids are working properly.
Signs That Your Hearing Is Worsening
There are signs that patients usually start to notice in their own environments that signal their hearing is getting worse. Turning the TV up louder and louder or frequently asking people to repeat themselves are good indicators. Patients might also be misunderstanding words now more than they were or feeling like their hearing aids aren’t working as well as they used to. We always let our patients know up front that we’re going to test their hearing every year just to keep track of any changes.
Word Recognition/Speech Discrimination
We’ll also keep an eye on word recognition/speech discrimination. Your word recognition score is one of the most important things we monitor. Word recognition is testing to determine how your brain understands speech. This score can fall over time, and it’s incredibly important to keep it as high as possible. If we start noticing a falling trend, it could be that the hearing aids aren’t programmed correctly or that your hearing loss has changed and we need to make adjustments. It could also be a medical issue that you’ll need to have checked out.
One of our main goals when you come in is to keep your speech understanding from declining. If we can’t, we will continuously feed the signal to the brain as much as possible to try and drastically slow it down. The more you can understand, the better you’ll be able to enjoy life.
Click here to find out everything you need to know about the hearing test process. From the different types of testing to understanding your results, our experts have you covered. And, watch the video below for more information about why an annual hearing test is important.