One of the most important steps you can take to improve your hearing condition and your overall health and well-being is to get a hearing test. If you're considering a hearing test, look no further.
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, it takes an average of seven years for people to decide to get a hearing test after they first notice changes in their hearing. The progressive process of hearing loss during this period could have several adverse effects in different areas of your life. Untreated hearing loss affects your work performance, interpersonal relationships and can even place you at risk for dementia.
By identifying your hearing capacity, a hearing test will help you counteract these effects. If a hearing loss is discovered, our team will work with you to determine the best treatment option. And it all starts with a hearing test.
We understand that people can be nervous about the test. But you should know that a hearing test is a simple, painless, and fast procedure. Here's what to expect from a hearing test with us.
Meet the team
Hearing loss may occur as a result of impacted earwax or a ruptured eardrum. That's why we will look through your ear canals with an otoscope to check for any signs of damage or blockage. This procedure is painless and requires no effort from you.
We'll then use a small probe with a flexible rubber tip to inspect your middle ear for a tympanometry examination. Changes in ear pressure can occur, similar to those experienced during an airplane's takeoff and landing. This treatment is also painless and helps us to examine how well your middle ear is functioning.
At this point, you will sit in a soundproof booth with a pair of special headphones. A collection of varying amplitude and frequency sounds will be played through your headphones during the pure-tone hearing test. If and when you hear them, you'll be asked to respond accordingly.
Following this test, we'll conduct a speech recognition test. You'll hear a sequence of words or phrases and be asked to repeat them. This test is intended to assess the ability to recognize speech, a skill that is often harmed by hearing loss.
Analyzing your results
An audiogram is a visual illustration of your hearing ability that records the outcomes of your hearing tests (based on each ear). We'll go over the audiogram with you and go over your hearing skills. If you have a hearing loss, the audiogram will tell us the type, degree, and configuration (unilateral or bilateral) of your hearing loss.
Treatment & Next Steps
If you have a hearing loss, our team will work with you to find the best way to meet your needs. The most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids. There is a hearing aid to suit every lifestyle, from those who lie to stay at home to the most active individuals.
At ALLSound Hearing, we offer a variety of hearing aids with the latest up-to-date, cutting-edge technology to suit your lifestyle and reconnect you to the sounds of your life. Contact us today to arrange a hearing test.