A Hearing Evaluation Is Your First Step On The Road To Better Hearing
Regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning, getting our eyes tested, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and an annual physical are among our top healthcare priorities, but regular hearing tests tend to slip through the cracks.
Consequently, we often have to ease people into better hearing because their auditory system has been deprived of sound for such a long time. Making the adjustment to new hearing aids is much easier and less frustrating when hearing loss is detected early on before complications begin to rise.
The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that close to 2.8 million adults in the United States have some form of hearing loss, which means that the US is currently experiencing hearing loss of epidemic proportions.
The overwhelming obligation of Absolute Hearing Aid Center is to help educate and support our local communities to recognize the early warning signs of hearing loss and promote regular, professional hearing evaluations.
Why Are Regular Hearing Evaluations Important?
Hearing loss can lead to a variety of negative mental, emotional and physical health conditions when left unaddressed. Depression and anxiety, social isolation and strained relationships, as well as the early onset of dementia and balance disorders are among the consequences of ignoring your condition.
A hearing evaluation allows us to identify the type and level of severity of your hearing loss and provide our team of hearing care experts the information necessary to customize the best course for treatment to meet your needs and personal preferences.
What Happens During A Hearing Evaluation?
A hearing evaluation is a non-invasive process that involves four main steps:
1. Getting to Know You
The first step to treating you as a person rather than a patient includes a warm welcome and a friendly conversation. Not only does this allow us to understand who you are as a person, but it also provides us with a better understanding of your hearing loss risks, ways to prevent it, and treatment options that fit your lifestyle.
We advise you to bring a close family member or friend who is familiar with your hearing concerns with you to help answer questions like:
- Have you noticed difficulty understanding colleagues in meetings?
- Do you ask family or friends to repeat themselves with greater frequency?
- Are you frustrated because a favorite television show seems muffled, even with the volume turned up?
- Has your partner accused you of not paying attention or having “selective hearing?”
- Are you experiencing ringing in your ears?
2. Taking a Look In Your Ears
A thorough examination of the structures of your ears is an essential step in understanding your hearing health. Many hearing problems result from inflammation or growths and foreign objects or wax build-up blocking your ear canal.
An analysis of your eardrum and auditory nerves helps us determine whether your hearing loss is obstructive or sensorineural, which helps our hearing care experts to identify the best solution for better hearing.
3. Sound Booth Testing
This portion of our hearing evaluation is a simple process. After seating you comfortably in a dedicated sound booth, we’ll transmit various sounds or spoken words at different frequencies and volume levels through a set of headphones.
For some tests, we’ll ask you to respond to each sound you hear by pressing a button. Other tests will require you to repeat the words you hear to evaluate your “real world” hearing capacity.
4. A Discussion of the Results
Testing combined with our physical inspection and your input provides us with a detailed picture of your hearing capacity, which is available to us as soon as we finish our evaluation. Your hearing care expert will take the time to explain the results of the tests and answer your questions.
Some types of hearing loss require a referral for medical treatment, while the best solution for others is a hearing aid. When no hearing loss is detected, we may suggest hearing protection or lifestyle changes to help prevent damage to your hearing.
Schedule Your Hearing Evaluation
Hearing the life you love begins with a clear understanding of your hearing health. We can help put your mind at ease with a hearing evaluation.
Simply fill in the form below with your contact information and preferences, and we will be in touch with you to help schedule an appointment for you or your loved one.
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