Have you been struggling to hear recently? Maybe you’ve been having a hard time following conversation or have had to turn up the volume on the TV more than usual. Hearing loss is a gradual process, so you may not always notice the day to day changes. Living with untreated hearing loss has some serious affects on your overall health and wellbeing, leading to strained relationships, reduced focus and concentration, poor job performance, and even social isolation, depression, or dementia. If you suspect you have hearing loss, then it’s time to book a hearing test.
Reasons to Take a Hearing Test
Hearing loss is a lot more common than you might think, affecting nearly 48 million Americans. If you’ve been struggling to hear, you should take a hearing test. Have you experienced any ringing, buzzing, or whistling in your ears? Tinnitus often goes hand in hand with hearing loss, so it’s a good idea to get your hearing checked. We also have options for tinnitus treatment that could bring relief from this annoying or even painful sensation.
If you’re 55 or older, it’s recommended that you get a hearing test once per year. Even if you don’t notice changes to your hearing, identifying hearing loss early is the key to successful treatment. Do you work in a noisy environment, or have a loud hobby? Always wear hearing protection! Working in a noisy profession like construction, manufacturing, agriculture, or music is another reason to book a hearing test, since noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common kinds of hearing loss.
A Hearing Health History
Hearing tests measure your hearing health, determine where there is a hearing loss and its, and help your hearing specialist recommend the best form of treatment for your unique hearing loss. Part of a hearing test is to talk about your hearing health history. We want to get to know your hearing and medical history, check in on any medications you may be taking, and find out what other concerns you may have. Hearing loss can sometimes have medical causes, such as head injuries, allergies, ear infections, or even excessive earwax buildup.
We will also ask some questions about your lifestyle, and what sort of job you have, to determine if you might have noise induced hearing loss. We also want to understand your lifestyle and hearing needs, so we can make the best recommendations for the perfect device that will fit seamlessly into your life, and help you hear where it matters most.
Testing Your Hearing
Hearing tests are easy and painless. They’re designed to determine if you have conductive, sensorineural, or mixed hearing loss, and to find out how severe your hearing loss is. Our hearing tests are conducted in quiet, sound-treated rooms, so there won’t be any distractions that could affect your hearing scores. You’ll wear headphones and listen to a series of sounds. Pretty easy, right? You’ll hear tones at different pitches and different volumes, to test your hearing range and determine the softest sounds you can hear at each frequency tested. All you have to do is indicate whenever you hear a sound, and we’ll do all the rest.
The second part of the test will use speech sounds instead of tones, measuring the softest speech sounds you can hear, and still understand. For this test, you’ll listen to the speech sounds, and repeat back the words you hear.
Once you’ve had a hearing test, it’s time to review your audiogram. If a hearing loss is present, we will talk about treatment options. With complete information about your hearing health, hearing range, and lifestyle and hearing needs, we’ll be able to help you find the perfect device to get your back to hearing. Don’t think you’re ready for hearing aids? Living with untreated hearing loss will lead to more rapid decline in your hearing abilities. You’ll lose even more of your hearing range, and once these sounds are gone, you’ll never get them back. It’s worth it to get treatment early!
If you’ve taken a hearing test, you’ve finished the first step towards better hearing. The next step is to choose one of our sleek, sophisticated hearing devices, and get back to hearing clearly. With advanced programs and settings like noise reduction, feedback suppression, directionality microphones, and speech enhancement, you’ll be hearing easily in any listening environment. Let us give you personalized treatment options that match your lifestyle, hearing needs, and budget, and make sure you’ll have a smooth transition to natural hearing.
To schedule a hearing test, contact us at Active Hearing today.