Few people in Austin give their hearing much thought on any given day. This is good; it means you aren’t struggling to understand! It’s easy to take hearing for granted, but don’t become too complacent. Hearing exams should be a part of your routine medical care; how often you get them depends on a number of factors.
Do you have hearing loss?
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in Texas; it ranks behind only arthritis and heart disease.
How common is hearing loss in Austin?
About one out of every five Austin residents has hearing loss to some degree, but many aren’t even aware of their problem.
Why is hearing loss so hard to diagnose?
Hearing loss develops gradually and the brain helps fill in the gaps by diverting resources from other cognitive areas to help you hear more effectively.
What are the side effects?
Sounds good in theory, but this comes with a price; people with untreated hearing loss are more likely to experience memory impairment, concentration difficulties, loneliness, isolation, depression, dementia and other serious health complications. The sooner hearing loss is detected, the better your odds of receiving treatment that will help you avoid many of these health-related side effects.
Should you have your hearing tested?
Hearing tests are the best way to diagnose hearing loss, even in the absence of any obvious symptoms.
How often you should schedule a hearing exam depends on a variety of factors including your age, underlying risk factors and symptoms.
Your Austin audiologist follows the guidelines established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
We recommend following schedule for hearing exams:
- Adults under the age of 50 should have their hearing tested at least once every 10 years.
- Adults over the age of 50 should have their hearing tested every three years.
- Children should be tested when they enter school and at ages 6, 8 and 10. They should have an additional hearing test once during middle school and again during high school.
Individuals who have a higher risk of developing hearing loss should receive more frequent hearing tests. These risk factors include:
- Occupational or recreational noise exposure.
- Family history of hearing loss.
- Recent or frequent viral or bacterial infections.
- Using medications that are associated with hearing loss.
- A head injury.
Hearing tests are quick and painless and provide an excellent baseline for your doctor to chart changes in hearing ability as you age.
Contact us to schedule a hearing exam
To schedule an exam, contact an audiologist in Austin.