Baseline Hearing Test

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Most adults received their last hearing test when they were in grade school. It is a good idea to have your hearing checked when you are an adult at least once during your annual physical.

This test becomes your baseline test, so that later, if you do suffer hearing loss, your audiologist can compare your loss to your baseline. This will create a better picture as to how severe your loss is, so that you can be treated appropriately.

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Tips for Getting a Baseline Hearing Test

Things you should know about getting a baseline hearing test:

  • Have one at least once in your adult life between the ages of 21 and 60.

  • Your audiologist will most likely give you your test results in an audiogram, which will be reviewed with you. Learn to interpret the results of your audiogram.

  • If your audiogram demonstrates you have hearing loss, further hearing tests may be called for.

  • If your audiologist determines your hearing loss is not significant, you do not need to be tested again unless your symptoms change.

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

Loud noise can damage your hearing, whether it’s a loud burst or years of prolonged exposure. Approximately 15 percent of adults 18 years of age or older report some trouble hearing, and the risk rises with age.

Baseline Hearing Tests for Children

Baseline hearing testing is also a good idea for children, especially if:

  • Your child experienced many ear infections.

  • You notice that your child may not always hear you.

  • Your child’s teacher suggests that your child should have his or her hearing checked.

  • There is a family history of hearing loss.

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Otolaryngologist, Frank Lin's research connecting hearing loss with conditions such as dementia and brain atrophy earned him a presidential advisory post.

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