With age, hearing loss becomes more likely. About 14% of people ages 45 to 64 have some degree of hearing loss, but that rises to more than 30% among people who are 65 or older. Experts recommend that adults get their hearing tested every 10 years until age 50, and then every 3 years after that.
Why Would I Need a Hearing Test?
Some people may suspect that they have hearing loss. They have trouble hearing people talk to them when they’re in a crowded room, or they’ve been told they raise the volume on the TV way too high. But not all people know that they have a problem. You may not realise that you have hearing loss, because it’s often a gradual process. That’s why it’s important to have your ears checked when your doctor says you should, even if you think you’re fine.
There are many causes of hearing loss in adults:
- Being around loud noises often at work
- Mowing the lawn or using power tools
- Shooting guns or other weapons
- Loud music, both live and recorded
- Too much ear wax
- Getting hit on the head
- Having an infection
- Taking certain drugs
- Problems with hearing that run in the family
What to Expect During the Test
The whole process should take about 30 minutes, and it’s painless.