How Long Has It Been Since
Your Last Hearing Test?
A recent study indicated that 1 out of 8 Americans experience hearing loss, which is likely the result of increased exposure to loud noise, making hearing loss the third most common health concern across the nation.
In spite of these alarming statistics, we focus our attention on regular dental and vision testing as well as having our blood pressure and cholesterol checked, but we place regular hearing assessments far down the list of health care priorities.
One of the most difficult aspects of recognizing a hearing loss is the fact that it comes on gradually, similar to how you have noticed that your child has gotten older, but you couldn’t see them growing from day to day. This is why someone close to you is apt to notice your hearing loss before you do.
Though age deterioration is among the leading causes of hearing loss, anyone of any age can develop hearing loss due to a variety of circumstances like:
- Birth defects
- Ongoing exposure to loud noise (work, nightclubs, music in your headphones)
- Head injuries
- Various types of illnesses
- Ototoxic medications.
Regular hearing assessments can help identify hearing issues no matter the cause and regardless of whether you are aware that you are losing your hearing.
They are quick, non-invasive, and simple – the perfect first step on your journey to better hearing.
“My father has had nothing but a positive experience through audiology associates. He has been able to ask questions about his treatment and he is able to understand what he is supposed to be looking out for and doing to make sure that he is adjusting his devices properly. I am very happy with the service he receives. From the person who answers the phone, to the one who is checking him into the office for his appointments, everyone is patient with him. Thank you to all of the staff there for making my dad feel comfortable during a time when he was very nervous about his hearing loss. We appreciate you”
What to Expect During Your Hearing Assessment
1. A Welcome to Our Office
We want to get to know you better so we can fully understand why you’ve decided to have your hearing tested, like the early signs you experienced prior to your visit.
Whether your visit is because family, friends or coworkers are urging you to seek help, you feel like you’re missing out on a lot during conversation or experiencing ringing in your ears.
We also want you to feel free to ask questions and express your concerns, so you can feel comfortable with us.
2. A Physical Examination of Your ears
We’ll take a look into your ears to make sure they are healthy. We’re looking for anything that could be blocking your ear canal and to verify that there are no structural issues with your eardrum.
Some patients who experience hearing issues discover that the problem is not permanent, but related to inflammation, a bug, growth, earwax or fluff physically blocking their ear canal.
3. Hearing Tests
For the main hearing tests, you will be seated in a soundproof booth and fitted with headphones. You will respond to the tones we transmit at different pitches and volumes by pressing a button.
We will also test how well you hear when someone is speaking by transmitting spoken words into your hearing aids and asking you to repeat what you hear. For a real world understanding of your hearing capacity, we will also do this test adding different types of background noise at various volume levels.
Our objective is to determine what you can hear and what you can’t hear.
4. We’ll Review Your Results
Unlike many tests in healthcare, you don’t have to wait for the results. As soon as we finish your test we will look at your results, which are printed on an Audiogram.
This graph is a visual illustration of what you are hearing well and the areas where you are struggling. We’ll explain each area with you, and then develop a plan together for helping you hear better.
Schedule A Hearing Assessment
A comprehensive hearing assessment is your first step toward regaining the independent and rewarding lifestyle you are missing due to hearing loss.
An open and honest discussion about your hearing issues with a professional audiologist enhances the accuracy of the diagnosis and greater precision when it comes to treatment.
If you or a loved one is struggling with hearing, your best solution is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment to find out why.
Simply complete the form opposite and we will be in touch to arrange a mutually beneficial date and time.