Woman with her schedule open calling to make an appointment for a hearing test.

You will still visit your eye doctor yearly even if you already wear eyeglasses. Because, over time, your eyes change. Similar to the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t fixed and neither are your ears. That’s why, just as it is with your eyes, it’s essential to keep having your ears examined even after you’ve purchased a nice pair of hearing aids.

Unfortunately, many people miss those routine check-ups. Perhaps they’ve been too busy enjoying their lives to get back in to see the doctor. Or, it could be that your job has been hectic lately. Or perhaps, you’ve just been so satisfied with your hearing aids that you haven’t had a reason to go back in. That’s a good thing, right?

Getting your hearing checked

Let’s use Daphne as our imaginary stand-in. Daphne has been observing some red flags with her hearing for some time now. She keeps increasing the volume on her TV. She has a hard time understanding conversations at after-work happy hours in loud restaurants. And so, she goes in to have her hearing assessed (because she’s intelligent and she takes care of herself).

Daphne makes sure to follow all of the steps to manage her hearing impairment: she gets fitted for new hearing aids and has them properly calibrated, and then gets back to her regular routine.

Issue solved? Well, maybe not entirely. It’s great that Daphne went in for a hearing test and caught her hearing problems early. But, in the long run, follow-up care becomes almost more important for individuals with even a small amount of hearing loss. Daphne would be doing herself a favor by maintaining regular appointments. However, one study found that only about 33% of senior citizens with hearing aids get routine check-ups so Daphne isn’t alone.

Why do you need check-ups after you have hearing aids?

Alright, remember our glasses metaphor? Just because Daphne uses hearing aids now doesn’t mean her hearing will become static and stop changing. Her hearing aids will have to be fine-tuned to account for those changes. Any hearing changes can be identified early with periodic monitoring.

And that’s not even the only reason why it might be a good idea to keep routine appointments after you get your hearing aids. Some of the most prevailing reasons to ensure you get to your next appointment include:

  • Hearing aid calibration: Your hearing changes in small ways, and while your overall hearing may remain stable, these slight changes may require you to get regular hearing assessments. Your hearing aid may become less and less reliable if you avoid this calibration.
  • Your fit may change: It’s likely that there will be a shift in how your hearing aids fit as your ears are always changing. Regular check-ups can help ensure that your hearing aids keep fitting the way they’re supposed to.
  • Hearing deterioration: Your hearing may continue to deteriorate even if you have hearing aids. If this deterioration is slow enough, you most likely won’t realize it’s happening without the help of a hearing test. Hearing decline can often be slowed by correctly adjusting your hearing aids.

Hazards and hurdles

The main problem here is that eventually, the hearing aids Daphne is using will stop working the way they’re intended to, so she’ll get frustrated with them and stop using them altogether. Wearing hearing aids helps slow down hearing loss over time. If you stop using them, not only can your hearing diminish faster, you might not detect it right away.

As far as achieving optimal performance of your hearing aids, and optimal hearing, routine hearing exams are essential. Protect your hearing and ensure your hearing aids are effectively working by getting routine screenings.

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