If you’ve been to your doctor lately, you would probably agree that hearing tests are rarely part of a typical exam or appointment. Doctors, today, are increasingly seeing more patients, appointment times are shrinking, and unless hearing issues are the reason for your visit, your physician will usually prioritize other tests, labs 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 dermatologist for skin concerns or podiatrist for a foot issue. 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 and recommended 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 get on the front foot of any hearing loss.
Find a local hearing professional who can provide consultations and screenings or call 1800 024 985. Alternatively, ask your GP to refer you to a hearing specialist they recommend.