#HearingFactFriday: Hearing tests during doctor appointments are rare

If you’ve been to your doctor lately, you can probably attest to today’s fact: hearing tests are rarely part of a typical exam. Doctors, today, are increasingly seeing more patients, appointment times are shrinking, and unless hearing issues are the reason for your appointment, your physician will usually prioritize other labs, tests and questions.

If hearing issues are a concern, most physicians will refer you to hearing healthcare professional, just as they’d refer you to a podiatrist for a foot issue, or a dermatologist for skin concerns. This hearing “specialist” will have the equipment and expertise to examine, test and prescribe treatment for any hearing problems you have.

Even if hearing loss isn’t an overt concern now, it’s wise to get regular hearing screenings once you reach 50. Hearing is linked to so many quality-of-life issues, that you’ll want to proactively stay out front of any hearing loss.

Click here to find a local hearing professional who can provide consultations and screenings. Or, ask your GP to refer you to a hearing specialist they recommend.

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