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Do I Really Need a Hearing Test If There’s Nothing Wrong With My Hearing?

You see your dentist twice a year. You see your doctors far more often than that—especially since you turned 60—but you always keep your annual appointment for a checkup. And of course, you have your vision tested annually to update the prescription for your glasses. But do you really need to have your hearing tested as often as you see your regular doctors?

Benefits of Regular Hearing Testing for Seniors

Unfortunately, many patients realize too late the importance of regular hearing testing. Seniors who undergo at least one hearing test per year are far more likely to enjoy full-body health benefits. Among other benefits, an annual hearing check-up can…

  • Prevent falls. Hearing disorders can disrupt the balance in the inner ear, making it more likely that seniors will suffer a fall. Falls are one of the most common causes of serious injury in elderly patients, and increase the risk of premature death.
  • Create a record. Even if your first annual hearing test shows no hearing loss, it can be used as a baseline for all of the hearing testing you undergo in the future. This allows doctors and hearing specialists to predict how quickly hearing might degenerate, but also to prevent hearing loss before it begins.
  • Detect health problems. Many patients do not realize that their hearing problems are a symptom of a more serious condition. Diabetes complications, Ménière’s disease, blood pressure problems, tumors, and head injuries have all been suspected (and successfully diagnosed) after hearing testing.
  • Extend longevity. Living with a hearing disorder can place a great deal of stress on the patient, and cause him or her to withdraw from family functions or social gatherings. Hearing problems have also been known to increase the risk of dementia in older people, leading to a shortened life span.
  • Give you peace of mind. If you are given a clean bill of health from a hearing specialist, your family can take comfort in the knowledge that you will be alert to loud sounds in the middle of the night and are less likely to suffer a fall.

Schedule Your Hearing Test Today to Prevent Serious Injuries!

The hearing specialists and staff have made it easy for patients across the northeast to get hearing testing done quickly. Call our toll-free number, (888) 262-2613, today to schedule an appointment at the Sound Advice Hearing Aid Center nearest you.

It sounds like getting hearing tests often is a good idea, especially for the elderly. I would really like to talk to my parents about this, since they are getting older. Then they could have good record of their hearing so that they could know if it changes. If we had a good record, then I am sure it could help us find any health issues that they may have, as you said in your article. Thanks for the post, it was really helpful!
by Skylar Mitchell April 17, 2015 at 05:03 PM
This does seem like a great idea. Issues with hearing and sight tend to 'creep up'. It's easy to assume that everything is fine and not even realize that sight or hearing has begun to degrade over time. Nobody wants to accept it, but it's important to be safe. Thanks for sharing these tips with us!
by Sergio Freddson April 3, 2015 at 02:12 PM
I agree that seniors should have their hearing tested at least once a year. Their hearing is aging along with the rest of them, so as time goes on it is getting worse. Getting it checked, and any problems detected, will help prevent things like falls and other hazards. Thank you for the great article on why seniors should get their hearing checked.
by Dave Thompson March 26, 2015 at 03:02 PM
I didn't realize that hearing could directly effect balance. My grandma's hearing has been deteriorating over the past few years. I should probably get her ears checked soon and look into some hearing aids. It would be awful if she fell as a result of her hearing. That is a good point this article brought up.
by gary birtles March 9, 2015 at 09:01 AM
I had no idea that hearing problems could make falls more common! I help take care of my grandfather, and he has been noticing that his hearing is getting worse. We were just planning on asking his doctor next time we went for an appointment, but it sounds to me like it would be a good idea for him to get a check up sooner. Then we could figure out how to help him improve his hearing so that he doesn't have bad balance in the inner ear, but also to make sure that he can hear better in general!
by Skylar Mitchell March 2, 2015 at 05:44 PM
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