It's easy to disregard your hearing health, especially if you're not experiencing any bothersome symptoms. Hearing tests are routinely performed on children every few months as they grow, but many adults believe that hearing loss is an issue that will arise in the future. Hearing issues, on the other hand, often begin before middle age, impacting many people as early as their adolescent years.

Consider a hearing test as a screening rather than an examination. Many people believe that hearing tests are only for those who have an issue, similar to how eye exams are just for people who have sight problems. However, a hearing test can reveal more than simply hearing loss; it can also reveal a variety of physical and medical conditions that you may not be aware of.

Why Hearing Tests Are Beneficial

Diagnose health problems. While most hearing loss is due to age, some hearing loss is caused by a medical condition. Hearing issues can be caused by diseases like diabetes, and high blood pressure has been linked to both hearing loss and tinnitus. Many people can have their hearing problems resolved by treating medical illnesses they were previously unaware of!

Determine the source of any potential issues. A yearly hearing test, similar to an eye test, allows you to track changes in your hearing and make modifications as needed. Every audiogram you take can be compared to the previous one, allowing your audiologist to evaluate how quickly your hearing is changing and alerting them to potential concerns such as earwax buildup and noise-induced hearing loss.

Stop the damage from getting worse. When hearing loss is allowed to progress, much more is lost than just the sense of hearing. Due to the restrictions of their condition, patients can also become unhappy, anxious in public situations and increasingly isolated. Hearing loss has also been related to an increased risk of injury in the elderly, as they are less likely to hear traffic horns, smoke alarms and other warning sounds.

Begin your treatment. The discovery of a minor hearing impairment can be beneficial since it helps you to prevent hearing loss from worsening. Hearing loss can be treated right away in our offices since there are several various types and models of hearing aids to treat a variety of hearing issues. Your audiologist will also walk you through each of your options, advising you on which device will best suit your condition and lifestyle.

Symptoms to Look Out For

You should not wait until your yearly appointment to get a hearing test if you are experiencing any warning signs of hearing loss. Because early detection is the key to avoiding irreversible hearing loss, if you do any of the following every day, you should arrange a hearing test right away:

  • You find yourself asking that people repeat themselves: The first indicator of a hearing problem is generally leaning toward someone while they talk or repeatedly saying what in a discussion.
  • Use the phone as little as possible: Patients may become hesitant to converse on the phone as they become more reliant on facial clues and reactions to follow a discussion. As a result, people may be unable to hear or understand what is being said on the phone.
  • You don't notice high-pitched noises: Because hearing loss frequently begins in the upper ranges, patients may be unable to hear birds, instrumental music and women's and children's voices.
  • Working in a noisy setting is a challenge: People who live or work in locations with continuously high noise levels are at a higher risk of developing early and irreversible hearing loss. You can get specialized ear protection for any condition, allowing you to continue working without risking injury to your ears.
  • You have a ringing sensation in your ears: Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition in which you hear a buzzing, whooshing or ringing sound in your ears all of the time. An audiologist can figure out what's causing your problem and prescribe the best treatment to get you back to normal.

Making and keeping your regular appointments with your audiologist will give you the best chance of catching a problem early, preparing you for the dangers you'll encounter as you age and allowing you to ask questions so you can hear as much as possible. Call us at Grusecki Audiology & Hearing Aid Services today at 623-583-1737 to make your first appointment.