You May Have Forgotten to Schedule This Annual Visit

Woman with her schedule open calling to make an appointment for a hearing test.

You will still see your eye doctor every year even if you already use eyeglasses. Because your eyes change as time passes. Similar to the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t fixed and neither are your ears. That’s why, just as it is with your eyes, it’s essential to keep getting your ears assessed even after you’ve purchased a quality pair of hearing aids.

Many individuals, regrettably, skip those yearly appointments. Maybe a trip to their doctor is taking a back seat to enjoying life. Or, it could be that your job has been difficult lately. Or maybe you’ve simply decided not to go back in because you’re so pleased with your hearing aids. It seems as if that would be good, right?

Scheduling a hearing test

Let’s take Daphne as a fictional example. For quite a while, Daphne has noted some symptoms with her hearing. She keeps increasing the volume on her TV. She has problems understanding discussions at after-work happy hours in noisy restaurants. And because she likes to take care of herself, and she’s smart, she schedules a hearing assessment.

Daphne makes sure to follow all of the steps to manage her hearing impairment: she buys hearing aids, which are then precisely fitted and calibrated, and then she goes on with her life.

Problem solved? Well, maybe not completely. Going in for an exam allowed her to catch her hearing loss early and that’s great. But, in the long run, follow-up care becomes almost more significant for individuals with even a small amount of hearing loss. Keeping up on routine appointments would be a wise idea for Daphne. However, one study found that only around 33% of senior citizens with hearing aids get routine check-ups so Daphne isn’t by herself.

If you already have hearing aids, why do you need check-ups?

Okay, remember our glasses metaphor? Daphne’s hearing won’t become fixed and stop changing just because she uses hearing aids. Her hearing aids will have to be adjusted to counter those changes. Regular testing helps keep track of any changes in hearing and catch issues early.

And there are other reasons for having regular hearing assessments after you get hearing aids. Here are a few of the most important reasons:

  • Hearing aid calibration: While your overall hearing health may remain stable, slight changes in your hearing may produce the need for yearly calibration of your hearing aid. Without this calibration, your hearing aids may slowly become less and less useful.
  • Hearing degeneration: Even with a hearing aid, your hearing may keep deteriorating. Often, this degeneration of your hearing is quite gradual and without routine examinations, you probably won’t even recognize it. Proper alterations to your hearing aids can often slow hearing declines.
  • Your fit may change: Because your hearing is always changing, it’s very possible that how your hearing aids fit inside of your ears will shift. Routine check-ups can help guarantee that your hearing aids keep fitting the way they’re designed to.

Dangers and roadblocks

The problem is, Daphne may, in her frustration, stop using her hearing aids entirely because they’re not functioning correctly. Over time, hearing loss can be slowed by using hearing aids. If you quit using them, not only can your hearing deteriorate faster, you might not detect it right away.

If you want your hearing aids to continue working at an optimal level, routine check-ups are going to be your best bet in terms of attaining that. Protect your hearing and make sure your hearing aids are effectively working by having regular screenings.

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