Hearing Health Blog

Man getting a hearing test and annual hearing check up to make sure his hearing aids work.

You continue to visit the eye doctor every year if you have glasses, right? That’s because your eyes change over time. Your eyes and all parts of your body are dynamic not static including your ears. That’s the reason why, just like you do with your eyes, it’s necessary to keep getting your ears examined even after you buy a pair of hearing aids.

Unfortunately, many people miss those regular checkups. It’s possible they’ve been consumed with enjoying their lives to get back in to see their hearing specialist. Or it’s possible that your job has been difficult recently. Or maybe you’ve simply been so satisfied with your hearing aids that you haven’t had a reason to go back in. You would usually think of that as a good thing.

In the long run, for individuals with hearing impairment, it is even more crucial to have even one follow-up appointment. Yet a great number of people disregard ongoing treatment. According to one survey, only 33% of seniors with hearing aids also used regular hearing services.

After You Get Hearing Aids, Why Would You Require to Get Regular Examinations?

Your hearing is dynamic. It changes over time. It’s important to adjust the hearing aids to counter those changes. Regular testing helps monitor any changes in hearing and catch problems early.

It might be a good plan to have frequent hearing exams for other reasons also. Some of the most common reasons to ensure you show up to your next examination include:

  • Degeneration of hearing: Even if you use a hearing aid, your hearing could keep degenerating. If this degeneration is slow enough, you probably won’t realize it’s happening without the assistance of a hearing screening. Hearing decline can often be slowed with appropriate alterations to your hearing aids.
  • Calibrating Hearing Aids: There may be need for annual calibration of your hearing aids because of small changes in your hearing despite the consistency of your general hearing. Without this calibration, your hearing aids might gradually become less and less effective.
  • They may not fit correctly anymore: Considering that your ears are constantly changing, it’s altogether plausible that how your hearing aids fit in and around your ears will shift. Your hearing aids were designed to fit in a certain way and normal examinations can guarantee they will continue to do so.
  • It’s important to have your hearing aids cleaned professionally every once in a while as well as keeping track of changes in your hearing. We can clean all the little components and keep your hearing in top notch conditions and make sure it’s functioning at peak performance.

    The Risk of Not Following up With Routine Check-Ups

    If you get frustrated with your hearing aids, say because they don’t work the way you thought they would, you might simply discontinue wearing them and that would be a problem. Using hearing aids helps you hear better, naturally, but it also affects your overall health. If you stop wearing your hearing aids, not only can your hearing deteriorate faster, you may not recognize it right away. Increased concern of hearing problems, as well as mental decline, have been connected to hearing loss.

    If you want your hearing aids to keep working at an ideal level, frequent checkups are going to be your best bet when it comes to accomplishing that. Annual hearing exams or screenings can help you be sure your hearing aids are functioning in the way they should and that your hearing remains protected. So make your hearing exam right away.

    The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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