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

You will still visit your eye doctor yearly even if you already wear eyeglasses. Because, over time, your eyes change. Similar to the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t static and neither are your ears. That’s why, even after you’ve invested in hearing aids, it’s important to continue to have your ears tested much like you would with your eyes.

Regrettably, many individuals miss those routine check-ups. Perhaps a trip to their doctor is taking a back seat to enjoying life. Or, it may be that your job has been difficult lately. Or perhaps, you’ve just been so happy with your hearing aids that you haven’t felt the need to go back in. It seems as if that would be good, right?

Getting your hearing tested

Let’s use Daphne as our fictional stand-in. Daphne has been noticing some red flags related to her hearing for some time now. She keeps turning the TV up. When she goes out after work to a loud restaurant, she has difficulty following conversations. And because she enjoys taking care of herself, and she’s smart, she schedules a hearing assessment.

After getting her hearing examined, Daphne does everything she’s supposed to: she purchases hearing aids, which are then properly fitted and calibrated, and then she goes on with her life.

Issue solved? Well, not quite. Going in for an exam allowed her to catch her hearing loss early and that’s excellent. But for most people with hearing loss, even a small one, follow-up care becomes almost more vital in the long run. Daphne would be doing herself a favor by maintaining regular appointments. But Daphne’s not alone in bypassing check-ups, based on one study, just 33% of seniors using hearing aids also scheduled regular hearing services.

Why do you need hearing exams once you get hearing aids?

Okay, remember our glasses metaphor? Daphne’s hearing won’t become static and stop changing just because she has hearing aids. Her hearing aids will need to be fine-tuned to account for those changes. Any hearing changes can be identified early with periodic monitoring.

And there are other benefits to getting regular hearing assessments once you get hearing aids. Some of the most prevailing reasons to ensure you make it to your next appointment include:

  • Hearing aid calibration: Your hearing changes in slight ways, and while your overall hearing may remain consistent, these slight changes could require you to get regular hearing examinations. Without this calibration, your hearing aids may slowly become less and less reliable.
  • Your fit may change: Because your ears are always changing, it’s entirely possible that how your hearing aids fit inside of your ears will change. Making certain your hearing aids continue to fit properly is a significant part of your regular exam.
  • Hearing deterioration: Your hearing may continue to deteriorate even if you have hearing aids. If this deterioration is slow enough, you probably won’t realize it’s happening without the aid of a hearing exam. Hearing loss can frequently be slowed by appropriately adjusting your hearing aids.

Hazards and hurdles

The greatest problem here is that sooner or later, the hearing aids Daphne is using will stop working the way they’re supposed to, so she’ll get frustrated with them and stop using them altogether. Using hearing aids helps slow hearing loss over time. Your hearing will decline faster if you stop using your hearing aids and you probably won’t even notice it.

When it comes to achieving efficient performance of your hearing aids, and optimal hearing, regular hearing assessments are essential. Annual hearing assessments or screenings can help you make sure your hearing aids are working as they should and that your hearing remains protected.

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