“I beg your pardon?” Do you often find yourself saying this when having a conversation? If so, it’s time you got your hearing tested.
Adults should get their hearing tested at least once a year. However, depending on the type of life you lead, sometimes it is important to get your hearing tested more than once a year.
If you work in an environment with constant excessive noise — such as factories, construction and industrial sites, the music industry or any branch of the military — you need to get at least two hearing screenings to make sure that your hearing quality is not compromised.
To help you determine whether you need a hearing test or not, we have come up with 10 questions that require a simple “Yes” or “No” answer.
- When you are in a social gathering, do you struggle to keep up with the conversation? Yes/No
- Do you find it difficult to hear the conversation of family members sitting in a room?
- Do you find it difficult to understand or hear customers, clients or co-workers?
- Do you feel limited or restricted by your lack of hearing?
- Do you feel frustrated when neighbors, relatives or friends come to visit and you are not able to have a decent conversation with them?
- When watching movies in the theatre, do you have difficulty hearing?
- Does your hearing problem make you angry and cause an argument between you and the family members?
- When listening to the radio or TV, do you turn the volume up to a high level that is loud enough for others in the room?
- Do you think that your inability to hear properly limits you in your social and personal life?
- When sitting in a restaurant, do you find it difficult to clearly hear your family or friends from across the table?
If the result reveals three or four yes answers, then you need to see an audiologist immediately. A hearing test takes less than an hour and is absolutely painless. Hearing loss is associated with other health conditions too, so when you feel your hearing power declining, there’s a possibility that you are at risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.