Listen Up: Your Hearing Test

Listen Up: Your Hearing Test
02 March 2020
Hearing tests should form part of your regular medical checkups, but they’re often forgotten. Here’s how often you should have your hearing checked:

World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day is globally acknowledged on 03 March, as a worldwide awareness campaign around the importance of timely and appropriate interventions for protecting our hearing, and supporting people who are affected by hearing problems. Regular hearing tests form an important part of this and are critically important when it comes to child health.

Your hearing test

As an adult, having your hearing tested as part of your regular medical checkups is important, as hearing problems can go unnoticed for several years. Moreover, you may not be aware of any change in your hearing abilities, until someone else in your family or friend circle mentions it. The recommendations for hearing tests for adults include:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 50: You should have your hearing tested every 3 to 5 years. Alternatively, if you become aware of a hearing problem or degradation, book yourself an appointment for a hearing test straight away. Early interventions can prevent further degradation of your hearing, and your medical team can advise you on ways to preserve your hearing ability, or provide you with other help. 
  • After the age of 60: Age-related hearing loss is a common side-effect of getting older. After the age of 60, you should be undergoing a hearing test at least once a year, whether or not you seem to be experiencing any hearing loss. 

Your children’s hearing test

Early interventions for managing hearing loss are vital, and regular hearing tests for babies, toddlers, and children are key. They’re often conducted as part of the School Health Programme, or you may ask your doctor or clinic sister for advice on being referred to a hearing specialist for your child. Moreover, making sure your child’s hearing is in good health pays off later on in life for them, as any issues or concerns can be dealt with during their developmental years. 

LifeDoc Can Help

Listen up! LifeDoc can help with making sure you get your hearing checked. Chat to your doctor or clinic sister about a hearing test, and find out more about ways you can preserve your hearing abilities. Make that appointment, and take your notes using LifeDoc™. LifeDoc ™ can help. LifeDoc ™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, remember medical appointments, and securely stores your personal medical history. Stay up to date with LifeDoc™ on Facebook and Twitter.