January 20, 2011

Hearing Evaluation

Why do I have a hearing loss?

Have you been exposed to high noise levels such as tractors, machinery in factories, firearms, or power tools without hearing protection?  Maybe attended one too many rock concerts in your youth?

Do you have a family history of hearing loss?

Do you have diabetes, heart, thyroid, or circulation problems?

Have you been exposed to autotoxin drugs or medications?

Do you have reoccurring ear infections, constant ringing in the ears, or dizziness?

A few facts about hearing

Do you ever find yourself hearing, yet not understanding what is being said?  Are some people more difficult to understand than others?  Maybe your grandchildren just need to “speak a little louder”?

Did you know, according to research from Johns Hopkins University, men are more than 5 times as likely as women to suffer from a hearing loss?  How do you feel about your hearing, or lack of hearing?  What would you change?  Do you have certain areas of concern about your ability to connect with family?  Have you thought about how you could change that?

 

Maybe it’s time you had your hearing tested!

There are two types of “hearing evaluations” available.  The first is often referred to as a “free screening”.  This consists of the patient listening and responding to several beeps that will tell us if you have a hearing loss.  It’s a short test of about 5-10 minutes.  However, it won’t tell us where your hearing loss is, or how severe it might be.

The other type of evaluation is a full comprehensive hearing test that takes a little longer to complete and should be done by a qualified audiologist.  This is an evaluation that will give the audiologist the important information he needs in order to best help you with your hearing healthcare needs.

Ever wonder what’s involved in a hearing test?  Essentially, a hearing test is comprised of four steps.

  • The first step is for the audiologist to briefly interview the patient and his/her companion about the patients hearing situation, health conditions, medications that are being taken, family history, etc.
  • Then, a quick look into the ear will reveal the general health of the ear.
  • The third step is to have the patient step into a sound proof booth and respond to some different sounds, beeps, words, and so on.
  • Finally, the audiologist will go over the results of the test with the patient and make any recommendations necessary.

If you are found to have a hearing loss, the only thing to regret is not doing something about it.  In today’s world, you have many options.  Let us help you choose the one that is right for you!