4 Signs You Need a Hearing Test
A hearing test can be extremely beneficial as it helps you check the health of your ears and discover hearing loss at an early stage. It’s common to assume that these tests are reserved for people who are already hard of hearing. On the contrary, you can get a test whenever you like, regardless of your age.
This begs the question: when is the best time to get a hearing test? More often than not, the best thing to do is wait until you see any of the four signs listed below:
You need to ask people to repeat what they say
This is a huge telltale sign that it’s time to see an audiologist and get your hearing checked out. If you’re continually saying pardon, or asking people to repeat themselves, then this shows your hearing is fading, especially if you’re having a conversation with multiple people and no one else is having trouble hearing what everyone is saying. If it takes two or three times for you to accurately hear what someone has to say, then you should probably book a test today.
You keep turning the volume up high on your devices
Most people will watch TV, listen to the radio, or use any other devices that produce sound. If you keep turning the volume up as high as can be — because you can’t hear clearly — then that’s a sign you need a hearing test. A lot of devices, like smartphones, come with volume warnings when you turn it up too high. If you’re constantly going beyond these warnings, then that’s definitely a bad sign. There’s obviously no way of telling if you’ve gone too high or not when you watch TV, but a good indication is when other people keep complaining that you’ve got it up too loud.
Your ears are constantly ringing
Persistent ringing in your ears is known as tinnitus. This is a hearing problem that most audiologists treat on a daily basis. Tinnitus usually occurs when you listen to loud sounds for too long or are exposed to loud noises. While tinnitus doesn’t mean you have hearing loss, it can be a symptom. It’s worth getting a hearing test just to make sure that your hearing hasn’t suffered any permanent damage.
You can’t tell where sounds are coming from
This is a sign that many people miss as you can usually still hear sounds, but the problem is that you don’t know where they’re coming from. If you were sat in a room with loads of noise going on around you, then it can be hard to pinpoint where the sound comes from. This is an indication that something is wrong with your hearing, and a test will help figure out what.
We highly suggest that you book an appointment to see an audiologist if you’ve noticed any of these signs recently. Or, going forward, if you start to notice them, then take a hearing test as soon as can be. The sooner you take the test, the sooner you can find out if you have any hearing loss, and the sooner you can sort it out.