An audiological evaluation is the clinical starting point for adults if you suspect hearing loss (you think your friends and family mumble), experience tinnitus (ringing buzzing, humming or other sound in your ears), perceive fullness or pressure in the ears, experience dizziness or vertigo or if there is a family history of hearing loss.
Risk factors associated with hearing loss include; excessive noise exposure, tinnitus, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease. If you have risk factors for hearing loss, obtain a diagnostic hearing evaluation by a Doctor of Audiology.
The Audiology Foundation of America recommends a baseline evaluation by the age of 30. Adults over 40 benefit from an annual hearing test. You are a candidate for a diagnostic hearing evaluation if : you think people mumble, you hear Okay… however, speech is not clear, television is turned up too loud for others, you have difficulty hearing high pitched sounds such as birds, bell, whistles or young children.
Treatment for hearing loss improves earning power, communication in relationships, intimacy and warmth n family relationships, ease in communication, emotional stability, sense of control over life events, perception of mental functioning, physical health and group social participation.
Your hearing health can be a reflection of your overall health. The good news is that it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes that support both good hearing health and overall health. The bottom line is take care of yourself; adequate rest, reduce stress, thoughtful diet, keep your mind and body active and protect your hearing whenever you are in noise.