If you aren’t sure when you should come in for a hearing evaluation, a good rule of thumb is to have at least an initial baseline hearing test completed before age 60. Have you worked or played around loud sound? Did you go to a lot of concerts at the Fillmore or Winterland? Did you serve in the military or are a hunter? Did you work in a factory or in construction? Loud noise is very damaging to the inner ear, but the results may not show up till later in life! Hearing loss typically occurs gradually, so you may not realize how much information you are missing at first.
Do any of these ring true for you?
Sometimes I feel that people are mumbling or that they talk too quickly.
I feel like I need the television louder than my family or friends.
I have trouble understanding speech in noisy environments like a restaurant or party, when other don't seem to have that problem.
These are all signs of hearing loss!
Hearing loss can be a depressing thing. After all, generally speaking, we are all social creatures. Don't let hearing loss stop you from doing the things you want to do. You don't have to suffer in "silence"!
After receiving an initial baseline testing, it is recommended to come in at least every two to three years to have your assessment updated and receive any treatment that is indicated.
Most insurances will pay part or all of the cost of a diagnostic hearing test. It is important to note that a referral from your doctor may be required for your insurance to pay.