Santa Clarita Hearing Center’s Dr. Ginny Veloz is advising those 50 years old and above to get routine hearing checks in order to catch any hearing loss early and establish a baseline for the future.
“We go to the dentist twice a year, we do our eye exams each year,” Veloz said. “Ladies, we do our mammograms, we do our physicals. Why isn’t anybody doing hearing tests? I don’t understand why that’s not a standard.”
Many of Veloz’s patients have told her that their last hearing check was back when they were in school decades ago.
Although most people likely won’t have a hearing loss at age 50, Veloz pointed out that just establishing a baseline can help have a big impact in the future.
“Everybody should have a baseline at 50,” she said. “We’ll be able to use that in the future to compare and say, ‘See how this graph looks today compared to five years ago? We’re starting to see (hearing loss).’ So it would be helpful.”
Veloz is encouraging primary care physicians to recommend hearing checks routinely for their patients age 50 and above, and recommended individuals request the test from their physicians to benefit themselves and others.
“Hopefully the more people that go to their primary care physicians and ask for that hearing test, the primary care physicians are going to learn for the rest of their patients, and you may really be helping somebody who doesn’t know to ask for a hearing test,” Veloz said. “The doctor says, ‘Hey, you’re 65 — let’s do a hearing test,’ and we find a hearing loss, and we could really help that person maybe that didn’t even know they needed help.”
When it comes to frequency of hearing checks, Veloz noted that it would depend on the previous test’s results.
“If your results were normal, you could wait a few years,” she said. “Unless you’re noticing some difficulty or you’re struggling or somebody says something to you, … then you might want to consider going back sooner.”
Santa Clarita Hearing Center was founded by Dr. Ginny Veloz, Au.D., who has worked as an audiologist and hearing doctor for over 20 years. At Santa Clarita Hearing Center, customers can expect to find the most modern hearing aid technology currently available. Offering a complete range of diagnostic hearing services, Santa Clarita Hearing Center performs comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings and repair. Additionally, they fit custom ear plugs and protection to treat customers’ medical hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms. With a wide range of hearing aid options to meet every budget and lifestyle, Santa Clarita Hearing Center focuses on delivering effective results with compassion, education and integrity.
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