May is Better Hearing Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to discuss hearing tests. We recommended you have a baseline hearing test before you turn 50 and before you start noting any decline in your hearing. We know hearing goes down with age and most people know the classic signs of hearing loss such as turning the TV up louder, asking other people to repeat themselves, mishearing words, and people sound like they are mumbling. However, there are many other signs you should get your hearing tested that you may not be aware of. These can include, but are not limited to:
- You have tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in one or both of you ears).
- You have dizziness, or feel pressure or pain in your ears.
- You have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, such as at restaurants or parties.
- You have a lot more hearing difficulty when people are wearing masks.
- You can hear but don’t understand.
- You have started to avoid social situations because it is too frustrating or exhausting to follow conversations.
- Common sounds have become more bothersome. For example, dishes clanking, while always irritating, might now be uncomfortably loud.
If you have never had a hearing test, you should book one. A baseline hearing assessment along with a reassessment every two years can help with early diagnosis and management. It can also help to serve as a comparison to identify any changes later on in life.
One of our Registered Audiologists would be more than happy to complete a hearing test and discuss your hearing health with you.