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How often should you get your hearing checked?

Hearing loss can strike at any time during a person's life and occur for a variety of reasons. Noise exposure and aging are two of the most common causes and, in both cases, hearing loss can build slowly or come on suddenly.

If you're concerned about your (or a loved one's) hearing — or simply wondering if it's time for a screening, follow the recommended guidelines below to learn when and how often you should have your hearing checked.

Your guide to hearing screenings

Preparing for your appointment

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Take any medications
  • Are frequently exposed to loud noises
  • Recently had a cold, ear infection or head trauma
  • Notice any signs of possible hearing loss

Routine hearing tests can not only detect early signs of hearing loss, but also help provide education and information on how to take better care of your hearing. Keep in mind that your hearing care provider may recommend a different testing approach — or frequency — depending on individual circumstances such as symptoms or family history.

Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to finance hearing care needs from preventive check-ups and hearing tests, to hearing devices.* Use the Provider Locator to find an audiologist near you who accepts your CareCredit card.

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Sources:
"Recommendations and Guidelines," Centers for Disease Control, updated June 13, 2016,
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/recommendations.html, accessed Oct. 3, 2017
"Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," updated March 14, 2016, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/faq.html, accesses Oct. 4, 2017
"Hearing Tests," by Healthwise Staff, WebMD, November, 20, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hearing-tests#1, accessed Sept. 14, 2017
"Hearing Tests and Tips for Every Age," Debbie Classen, Healthy Hearing, Dec. 1, 2014, https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52336-Hearing-tests-and-tips-for-every-age, accessed Oct. 5, 2017

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