Most adults — as part of their health regimen — schedule regular checkups with their doctors, dentists and optometrists. Not only does the need to see medical practitioners tend to increase as we age (this author can vouch for that), it’s good advice to stay ahead of potential issues, too.

But what about our hearing? How do we keep that strong and stay in front of — or catch early — any hearing challenges? Hearing tests are a smart and easy way to do just that.

Over 450 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and one in three adults aged 65 and older have some degree of hearing loss. Yet despite these numbers, surprisingly few of us test our hearing on a regular basis.

If you’re proactive about your health and want to be able to live life to the fullest, getting your hearing tested routinely is one to-do you should add to your yearly list.

If you have hearing loss or already wear hearing aids, catching and treating it early could have a profound impact on your quality of life. And if you don’t, a hearing test sets a good baseline for future screenings.

Not sure where to get a hearing a test? We’ll help you schedule one with a hearing care professional in your area.