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Is it Time to Get Your Hearing Checked?
Your significant other has started to mention that you might be having some problems hearing, your kids have noticed, even your closest friends are wondering about your ability to hear. So, is it time to get your hearing checked?
Your friends and family members may be the reason you’re asking the question. Those closest to someone with a hearing loss will often be aware there’s a problem long before the person with the hearing loss is aware they are having a problem communicating.
Please click here to be taken to our Online Hearing Quiz. The quiz will give you an indication if it’s time to call our office and make an appointment for a hearing test.
Suggest that those individuals closest to you take to quiz too (they should answer the questions from their point of view about you). Compare your results. You may be surprised at how much of a problem they really think you might be having. It might be a good idea to hear what they have to say and then get your hearing checked just to be sure.
Myths about hearing loss.
36 million Americans suffer with some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately many who could receive benefit from hearing aids don’t. People often don’t seek help simply because they’ve been supplied with the wrong information. Don’t let these common myths about hearing loss stop you from seeking professional help and treatment.
My hearing is normal for my age.
Your hearing is either in the range of “normal” or it isn’t. Your age has nothing to do with whether or not your hearing is “normal”.
Wouldn't my doctor tell me if I need a hearing test?
A very small minority of family doctors actually screens their patients for hearing loss. If you do have a hearing loss, it may not be noticeable to your doctor during a 15-minute office visit in a one on one situation in a relatively quiet listening environment.
If I had a problem hearing I wouldn’t be able to hear all the time.
A common misconception is that hearing loss is simply a uniform decrease in volume. In fact hearing loss can affect hearing levels differently at different frequencies (pitches).
The majority of people who experience hearing loss tend to lose the ability to hear higher pitched sounds before they lose the ability to hear low-pitched sounds. Which in part helps to explain why women and children can be harder for some with a hearing loss to hear than it would be for them to hear a man’s voice.
There's nothing I can do to prevent hearing loss.
You can take steps to prevent hearing loss. Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss; millions of Americans have already suffered irreversible damage to their hearing from noise. Yet a third of all hearing loss could be prevented with proper ear protection.
Noise can only cause hearing loss over a long period of time.
NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a woodworking shop.
Recreational activities that can put you at risk for NIHL include target shooting and hunting, snowmobile riding, listening to MP3 players at high volume through earbuds or headphones, playing in a band, and attending loud concerts. Harmful noises at home may come from sources including lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and woodworking tools.
Sound is measured in units called decibels. Sounds of less than 75 decibels, even after long exposure, are unlikely to cause hearing loss. However, long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to happen.
A Hearing Evaluation
The Components of a Hearing Test
Detailed Case History
We’ll begin by taking a detailed history. We’ll ask a series of questions about your medical, work and personal life as it relates to your ears and your hearing.
Impedance or Immittance Audiometry gives us an idea of how well the eardrum, the middle ear bones and a few of your ears reflexes are working.
Speech in Noise Testing
In order to provide you with the best results that we can, we do thorough testing to get a complete understanding of your hearing. This includes a “Speech-in-Noise test. This gives us information on your brain’s ability to process speech when there is competing noise in the background. This information is extremely helpful when trying to determine the best treatment plan for you and your hearing loss.
The next step is an examination of your ears. We’ll thoroughly examine your ears for any physical condition that might indicate a need for a medical referral.
Pure Tone Testing
This is what you probably think of
It’s not enough to just put a hearing aid in your ear and hope for the best. We complete all of our fittings using the latest and most advanced technology available to make sure that your fitting is optimal for your hearing and your needs. This includes real ear measures, sound field speech testing, feedback calibration and in-situ measures. Gathering all of this information ensures that we’re providing you with optimal results.
After the test
What Happens After the Test?
We will explain the results to you and if the results indicate a problem, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan. We believe your journey to better hearing should be a partnership with you and your hearing healthcare provider.
By the Numbers
Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69. The greatest degree of hearing loss is found between ages 60-69.
From the National Institute of Health
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Convincing Someone They Need a Hearing Aid
You are married to, live with or love someone who is clearly struggling to hear. How do you convince them that it’s time to get their hearing checked?
The quickest way to bring someone around to the realization that they might be having a problem hearing is to stop being a human hearing aid. Frequent repetitions, tolerating the volume louder than you know it should be and repeating someone else’s conversation to them is a sign that you are becoming their hearing aids. The average person waits for 5 – 7 years to do something about their hearing loss. The sooner they do something about the problem, the happier everyone will be. Don’t try to convince them that they need hearing aids, instead make the suggestion that it’s time for them to get their hearing checked. Don’t wait, call today.