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? Because, over time, your eyes can change. As a matter of fact, nothing in your body is static, your eyes aren’t and, it turns out, your ears aren’t either. That’s the reason why even when you get hearing aids, you need to continue getting your ears tested just like you do with your eyes.

Unfortunately, many people miss those regular checkups. Maybe 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. You might even be so satisfied with your hearing aids that you simply didn’t feel you need to go back in. That should be a positive thing, right?

For most people with hearing damage, even one follow-up consultation becomes nearly more important over time. Despite that, ongoing care is often ignored. According to one survey, only 33% of seniors with hearing aids also used regular hearing services.

Why Do You Need Examinations Once You Have Hearing Aids?

Your hearing is not static. It changes over time. It’s important to adjust the hearing aids to counter those changes. Problems can be detected early and your hearing aids can be tweaked accordingly.

And this is not even the only reason why it could be a good idea to show up for routine consultations with a hearing expert once you get your hearing aids. Here are a few reasons why you need to make it to your hearing exams:

  • Calibrating Hearing Aids: There may be need for annual calibration of your hearing aids because of tiny changes in your hearing in spite of the consistency of your general hearing. Your hearing aids might slowly become less reliable if you don’t get this type of calibration.
  • Hearing degeneration: Even if you use a hearing aid, your hearing may continue to deteriorate. If this degeneration is slow enough, you most likely won’t recognize it’s happening without the aid of a hearing screening. Hearing decline can often be slowed with appropriate alterations to your hearing aids.
  • Your fit may change: Considering that your ears are always changing, it’s entirely plausible that how your hearing aids fit around and in your ears will change. Regular checkups can help make sure that your hearing aids continue to fit how they’re designed to.
  • Along with keeping up with changes in your hearing, it’s essential to occasionally get a professional cleaning. We can clean all the small parts and keep your hearing in top notch conditions and as well as making sure it’s working at peak performance.

    If You Don’t Follow up With Routine Check Ups There is a Consequence

    If you get frustrated with your hearing aids, say because they aren’t working the way you expected them to, you may simply discontinue using them and that would be a problem. Wearing hearing aids helps you hear better, of course, but it also impacts your overall health. If you discontinue wearing your hearing aids, not only can your hearing deteriorate faster, you may not recognize it right away. Untreated loss of hearing has been connected to several health problems including cognitive decline and increased danger of accidents.

    When it comes to having your hearing aids operating at an ideal level, regular examinations are your best choice. Yearly hearing assessments or screenings can help you make sure your hearing aids are working in the way they should and that your hearing remains safeguarded. So schedule your hearing consultation now.

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