Millions of Americans, both young and old, are affected by hearing loss. If you suspect you may have diminished hearing, you should seek out a professional as soon as possible. However, you should also be proactive and stay on top of your hearing health by having regular hearing tests. In this post, we look at when you get your hearing tested and what is the recommended hearing test frequency.
When do I start getting hearing tests?
The National Campaign for Better Hearing (Canada) recommends that people should start hearing tests at age 60 if they have not had hearing problems. Age-related hearing loss, also called presbycusis, is the most common type of hearing loss. This hearing loss can start to manifest when a person is around 60 years old and is more effectively treated when caught early.
If you are under age 60, check out this simple self-assessment from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Assessment.
This ten-question quiz can clue you into whether you need a hearing test earlier than normal and if you might have some hearing issues that need to be addressed.
Hearing test frequency
According to the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals, hearing test frequency should be as follows, based on age:
18 to 45 years – Every 5 years
45 to 60 years – Every 3 years
60+ years – Every 2 years
It’s imperative to start checking your hearing early in adulthood, as hearing issues can arise at any time in your life. While it’s true that most hearing loss is due to age, the advent of mp3 players and other loud devices have contributed to more hearing loss in younger people.
If you have a higher risk of hearing loss—such as working or living in a place with a lot of occupational noise—you should get your hearing tested annually. You should also get your hearing test annually if you are exposed to loud noises like motorcycles or guns on a regular basis. Your hearing test frequency is higher because you are more exposed to factors that can damage your hearing.
If you’re unsure about getting a hearing test, you can take our online test first to get comfortable! Audicus’ online hearing test allows you take a basic hearing test from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a pair of headphones and a computer.