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Do You Need A Hearing Test?

A Hearing Test Could Change Your Life

We’re here to help you and or your loved ones hear better so you can get the most out of life. Everything we do focuses on that goal, from the staff we hire, our knowledge and skills, our hearing tests, the brands we select and how we expertly fit your hearing aids, should you need them. It all starts with a hearing evaluation, test, and a conversation with you about your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

Do others complain the TV is too loud?

Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
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Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?

What Happens During a Hearing Test?

When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification. When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may have been experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems. Next, we may look into your ears with an otoscope, a special instrument to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and/or perform one of the tests below.

A hearing test will enable us to determine:

  • Whether or not you have hearing loss
  • The possible cause of hearing loss
  • The degree and type of hearing loss and whether it’s in one or both ears
  • The best treatment options

Audiometric Test

During this testing, we will test your ability to hear a series of low and high frequency tones using pure-tone audiometry. Pure-tone testing uses both air conduction and bone conduction to measure your ability to hear sounds of various pitches and volumes. You will be asked to identify a series of these tones by raising a hand, pressing a button, or responding verbally.

The results are charted on an audiogram, a graph that shows the type, degree and configuration of your hearing loss by comparing pitch (frequency) with loudness (intensity). The pattern recorded will help your audiologist determine your hearing threshold.

Speech testing may be administered in either a quiet or noisy environment; results are recorded on the audiogram for easy visual reference. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you or not.

Tympanometry

Tympanometry is a test of the middle ear used to detect fluid, wax buildup, eardrum perforations and tumors. It measures movement of the eardrum in response to air pressure; the results are recorded on a chart called a tympanogram.

What To Do About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is more common than you might think. It’s estimated that 48 million Americans experience hearing loss, including one in six baby boomers. Noise, diabetes or other factors can cause hearing loss. But most often it’s simply a result of getting older. Hearing loss typically happens slowly over a period of years. You can gradually get used to asking others to repeat themselves, to straining to hear in restaurants or business meetings, to turning the TV volume up so high that nobody else can stay in the room. But you can do better. Most hearing loss is mild and treatable. There’s no reason to tough it out or to feel left out when you could be getting more from life.

Why live with hearing loss? You’ll hurt not only yourself but your family and friends. When you can’t participate in conversations, it frustrates you and your loved ones. Some people become so self-conscious or frustrated by their hearing loss that they stop doing what they love, like playing sports or going to the symphony or even to family gatherings. Don’t let that be you!

What to Do When a Loved One Has Hearing Loss

How We Hear

Hearing involves teamwork between your ears and your brain. Hearing begins when sound waves enter your outer ear (the part that’s visible on the outside of your head). The waves travel through your auditory canal, a tube-like passageway lined with tiny hairs and small glands that produce earwax to your middle ear.

The middle ear has three small bones, often referred to as the hammer, the anvil and the stirrup, and the eardrum. The middle ear has an important job: to amplify sound. If any of the middle ear parts get disrupted, significant hearing loss can result.

Hearing: The Inside Story

When waves of sound, such as the chirp of birds in your backyard, travel to your middle ear and hit your eardrum, your eardrum vibrates and, in turn, moves the malleus (the small bone is shaped like a hammer). The malleus moves the anvil, which moves the stirrup, transmitting the vibrations into your inner ear.

Your inner ear consists of the cochlea (a small, snail-like structure) and the auditory nerve, which carries information between the cochlea and the brain. With the help of tiny hair cells, the auditory nerve converts sound waves into nerve impulses that travel to your brain. Your brain interprets the sound so you “hear” it as birds chirping, a voice or music. All told, hearing is an amazing process that happens in a split second.

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If you’re experiencing hearing loss, we’re here to help. We can determine what’s not working as well as it should be. We’ll explain your options and help you choose the best solution for your hearing needs and your lifestyle.

Types of Hearing Loss

Types Of Hearing Loss 

Getting a hearing test is the first step to improving your hearing. A hearing test will identify any hearing loss you may have and the extent.

THERE ARE FOUR BASIC TYPES OF HEARING LOSS:

CONDUCTIVE

Conductive hearing loss is usually temporary, this type of hearing loss can be fixed with medication, a short procedure or, on rare occasions, with surgery.

SENSORINEURAL

This type of hearing loss occurs when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged. Getting fitted with hearing aids is the only non-surgical solution.

MIXED

A combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is usually treated with hearing aids alone, and occasionally in conjunction with medication, a short procedure or with surgery.

CENTRAL

Caused by strokes and central nervous system diseases, this type of hearing loss usually involves a therapy called auditory rehabilitation.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES LIVE BETTER?

Get a hearing test to determine whether you have hearing loss and the extent of the loss. After your hearing test, we can determine your best option and help you select treatments that will:

  • Work best for your level of hearing loss
  • Complement your lifestyle
  • Fit your budget

IT’S TIME TO TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BETTER HEARING.

Hearing helps keep you sharp. When you can hear better, you can process information faster, kick your brain into gear and feel like yourself again. The sooner you do something about your hearing, the sooner you’ll regain your confidence.

Hearing Loss & Dementia

Research not only shows a connection between hearing loss and dementia, but a Johns Hopkins study of older adults found that hearing loss actually accelerates brain function decline. Some experts believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Research is ongoing.

Your Heart & Hearing Loss

Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system can be noted here earlier than in other, less sensitive parts of the body.

Depression & Hearing Loss

Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced between ages 18 to 69. Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.

Being Around Those With Hearing Loss Can Be Frustrating

Hearing loss puts a strain on relationships, especially when you know that better hearing could improve your loved one’s quality of life. Untreated hearing loss is tough to witness too. Those with hearing loss can lose confidence, withdraw socially, become isolated or even depressed. Depending on the cause of the hearing loss, a person’s balance may be affected. It’s also easy to mistake hearing loss for memory loss or dementia.

Getting a loved one to deal with hearing loss isn’t always easy. (Do the words stubborn and pride come to mind?) But it’s the right thing to do. We’ve helped concerned family members and friends, just like you, who want to share the gift of better hearing. We can help you know what to say and do. Don’t wait to help someone suffering from symptoms like these. Be proactive. Call or text us today!

How Can You Help?

Share your concerns about their hearing with them. Be tactful and be aware that it’s normal for people with hearing loss to become defensive. No one likes to admit they might need hearing aids. Encourage them to have a hearing test, but don’t get into an argument about it. Mention it and then move to the next step. Be upbeat. One out of 20 will flatly refuse to get a hearing test. If that’s the case, remind them that if they see the audiologist and the hearing test shows they don’t have a hearing loss, that would be good news! Call or text and schedule an appointment with us. Let your loved one know you did it for them. Most people appreciate your concern and will talk to us and get a hearing test.

 

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—Susan Brotherton

Great service from someone who genuinely cares about you. Thanks so much for the attention you folks give.

—Timothy Washburn

Very professional & helpful. They were able to help me & my spouse with our hearing aids. I would return & recommend them highly.

—Nancy DeLima

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