Standard recommendations from the American Speech and Hearing Association suggest that adults under the age of fifty should have their hearing screened a minimum of once every ten years. There are some exceptions to this guideline, however. Potentially harmful workplace environments, a history of hearing loss or frequent participation in loud recreational activities, for example, can prompt the need for more regular screenings. In fact, certain professions require it by law. Patients should also consider genetic dispensation along with history of illness and injury that might impact their hearing. After fifty years of age, hearing should be screened about once every three years.
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