Is it Time to Get a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss causing senior couple to have an argument at home in the kitchen.

A hearing test is never a bad idea.  If you aren’t having any problems hearing now, establish a  baseline assessment of your hearing.  This baseline can be used as a comparison years from now when you’re sure you have a problem.

Signs You Might Need a Hearing Test

A hearing loss is noticeable. Communicating with others requires frequent repetitions from the speaker.  The volume on the TV is too loud for someone with normal hearing.  Finally, even you recognize there are times when you are struggling to follow conversations.  Here are a few signs that it might be time to get a hearing test.

  1. You have a problem hearing over the telephone
  2. When you set the volume on the TV, it’s too loud for everyone else.
  3. The turn signal on the car is on, and you can’t hear the sound it makes.
  4. You have trouble hearing when there’s background noise.
  5. You have trouble hearing women and children speaking more than when men speak.

What Might Cause a Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss happens for any number of different reasons. It is not uncommon to lose hearing slowly as we age. This condition is known as presbycusis.  Years of exposure to loud noise can also cause hearing loss. This condition is known as a noise-induced hearing loss. Many construction workers, farmers, musicians and people in the military may have hearing problems.  Infection, heart conditions, stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines can cause hearing loss.

Results of the Hearing Test

We’ll give you a detailed explanation of the results of the hearing test.  If we find a problem, we’ll provide you with recommendations.  It’s also possible that we won’t find any problem at all.  In that case (as a reminder) the baseline hearing test is used to compare against future test results.