The first step is consider having your hearing screened. This is a
quick, no cost, check of several important speech tones. The results of
the hearing screening will determine if you should have a full
diagnostic evaluation or if your hearing is at acceptable levels.
You may have been experiencing difficulty with understanding speech or other noises around you without even realizing it. There are many factors that can affect hearing with the most common being exposure to noise.
Hearing loss can occur gradually over time so it’s important for people who suspect they might have a problem with their ears to seek out professional advice from an audiologist before permanent damage occurs.
If you have any issues with your hearing, a hearing test, also known as an audiogram, is the most essential step to take. The audiogram is the standard way to measure your hearing. It shows how soft sounds are at different pitches or frequencies. This test can help find out if you have a hearing loss and what type of hearing loss it might be.
If you suspect that you may have a problem with their hearing, consider bringing them to an audiologist to be assessed properly.
Sound travels at different rates depending on the type of noise that is being emitted. The measurement of sound waves, known as decibels (dB), can determine how loud or soft a sound is.
A common guideline for people with normal hearing ability is to be able to hear sounds between 0 and 25 dB across the frequency spectrum. Children will have a normal hearing ability if their responses indicate they are able to hear noises from 0 to 15 dB across the frequency range.
You might think that getting an online hearing test is easier, less invasive than other tests, and cheaper- but what if there’s a serious hearing health issue? What if the results are incorrect?What if it’s not a hearing problem but a serious medical condition?
It would be best and safest if you get an actual hearing test at an audiology clinic so that a licensed audiologist can interpret the results for you rather than take an online hearing test by yourself.
A typical hearing test takes around 20-30 minutes and is a noninvasive process.
During a hearing test, you’ll be asked to wear earphones or foam inserts and listen to short tones or audio prompts that are played at different pitches and volumes. You may be asked to repeat words or sentences in quiet and/or noisy competition.
The hearing test is done in a sound treated room and is the most effective way to obtain accurate information regarding the type and degree of your hearing acuity.
Studies show that adults routinely have their eyes examined but do not regularly check their hearing.
Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive. They can identify how well you hear volume and what pitches you can or can’t hear.
It is recommended that adults 50 years old or older should have a hearing test to establish a a baseline. If the test shows no significant hearing loss then the audiologist can compare the results to future tests to determine if hearing is changing.
Studies have also shown a strong correlation between untreated hearing loss and dementia or cognitive decline. The earlier a hearing loss is treated, the better the results-both communicative and brain function wise.
If a hearing loss is noted,a specific treatment plan based on your individual hearing loss and communication needs will be offered.
The recommendation and treatment plan will involve a conversation about different styles of hearing aids and the technology options available.
Our philosophy is to educate patients about their options, and not pressure them to make immediate decisions.
All our hearing tests are performed by licensed Doctors of Audiology in sound treated booths so consistent and accurate results can be obtained.