How Often to Get Your Hearing Checked

With an estimated one in five Americans having some form of hearing loss, how often should you and your loved ones get your hearing checked?

At least once a year and whenever you’re experiencing a problem — just as you would for your eyes or teeth.

Getting your hearing screened by a trained, licensed audiologist not only helps identify potential hearing problems for early treatment but also goes a long way toward hearing-loss prevention.

Audiologists use various screening tests to gauge the state of your ears and your hearing. Learn about tympanometry, a routine but important test for detecting problems of the middle ear.


What does tympanometry do?

Tympanometry testing gives a current look at the state of your middle ear, which — through the eustachian tube — connects the ear to the back of the nose. The test lets you and your audiologist know how the middle ear’s functioning by detecting potential problems such as the following:

  • Earwax blockage in the ear canal
  • Fluid behind the ear drum
  • Eardrum perforation or rupture


How does the test work?

Quick and painless, tympanometry measures the eardrum’s mobility — or response to pressure — in just a few steps:

  • A soft-tipped probe is inserted into the ear.
  • Air pressure, released into the ear canal, makes the eardrum move back and forth.
  • The eardrum’s movement is depicted on a tympanogram or graph analyzed by the audiologist for signs of problems such as a hole in the eardrum, eustachian tube dysfunction, inner ear fluid, or other issues that can affect hearing.

Your audiologist will determine which ear and hearing tests to conduct based on your specific needs and circumstances. If you have questions about hearing tests or would like to schedule an evaluation, contact us today.

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