Are you thinking about getting your hearing tested by a hearing instrument specialist? If so, here are some things that you may ask yourself prior to your appointment.
When should I get my hearing tested?
If you have symptoms of hearing loss, which include muffled sounds, struggling to comprehend speech, or having a difficult time hearing in busy environments, you should get your hearing tested. Most physicians do not test a patient’s hearing, unless the patient requests it due to concern over hearing health. It is recommended to get a hearing test as part of your annual physical exam after the age of 65, and at least once prior to turning 65.
Types of Hearing Loss
The different types of hearing loss are based on the severity of the loss. There is mild hearing loss, moderate hearing loss, severe hearing loss, and profound hearing loss. Mild hearing loss is difficult to notice right away. It may be more noticeable in certain environments, and by loved ones or coworkers. Profound hearing loss, on the other hand, is much more noticeable and cannot be treated without hearing aids.
Preparing for Your Hearing Test
Make sure that you provide all of your medical records and history to your hearing healthcare provider. Make note of any symptoms that you have experienced and a list of medications that you currently take. You will probably be asked about the type of environment that you work in, live in and spend most of your time in, particularly if you are exposed to loud noises in these areas.
What happens during a Hearing Test?
Your hearing instrument specialist will discuss your general health, hearing health, and lifestyle. After that, they will carry out a visual exam on your outer ear by using an otoscope. After that exam, you will take a pure tone test, which incorporates playing tones or speech sounds at various pitches, volumes, and levels of background noise while you listen. Your response to these tests will help the hearing instrument specialist provide a thorough summary on your hearing health.
What happens if I have Hearing Loss?
If your hearing instrument specialist determines that you have hearing loss, they will help you select hearing aids that would be best to suit your hearing needs.
Feel free to ask your hearing instrument specialist questions about your hearing loss or the hearing aids themselves. To get the most out of your hearing aids, keep in touch with your hearing instrument specialist and let them know about any issues that you are having with your hearing health and devices.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aid brands and styles for a wide range of hearing loss.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings and new hearing aid fittings. We ask that you please wait in your car, while wearing your mask, and place your hearing aids in a clean zip lock bag. We will come to your car to get them. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.