October 30, 2019 Ask the Audiologist
Q. How often should I have my hearing tested?
A. While there is no “best practice” in the medical journals, we feel that the average adult with hearing loss should have their hearing tested every two years or sooner if symptoms suggest otherwise. For patients who do not have confirmed hearing loss, we suggest a baseline hearing test if you are between 55-65 years old. This is based on the prevalence of hearing loss that is reported in the literature, if there is family history, or other known risk factors that would suggest doing a baseline test sooner rather than later.
Q. How do I know it’s time to update my hearing aids?
A. Hearing aids, like everything else, have a finite lifespan. But there is more to it than just that. Hearing instrumentation not only ages, but becomes outdated. With the proper care and maintenance, hearing aids can last anywhere from three to seven years. However, variables affecting the lifespan include such things as how well the instrument is built, how much wear and tear it has experienced being worn for many hours a day, in addition to how well it has been maintained.
Note: Changes in your hearing and changes in your life are other reasons to consider upgrading your current hearing system to newer, more resilient technology. For instance, if you were originally fit with hearing aids based on a quieter lifestyle, your hearing aids may need to be updated to meet the new demands. Advances in hearing technology have introduced features that were not available just a few years ago.