Why do you need a hearing test?

Most hearing loss can be helped through medication, surgery, or amplification. A hearing test is key to maintaining effective communication, ear and balance health, and overall well-being. Our communication with family, friends, educators, and coworkers are an essential part of our day. Our success and happiness in all situations depends on great communication. Early identification minimizes adverse effects.

Only 29 percent of adults 20 to 69 years of age have had their hearing tested within the last five years.

Bilateral hearing loss affects 1 in 3 adults over 65 years of age. Only arthritis and hypertension are more common chronic conditions for this group.

Who should have a hearing test?

Tests are available for testing at any age. You should have a baseline audiogram completed if:

  • It has been more than five years since your most recent hearing test or screening, or
  • You suspect a recent change in your hearing, tinnitus, or balance.

How often should I have a hearing test?

  • If you have sudden onset hearing loss, have your hearing tested as soon as possible.
  • If you have a known hearing loss or past ear surgery, have your hearing tested every one to two years.
  • Typically, adults should have a hearing test every two to five years.
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