Hearing Assessments and Tests: Why, Hows, and Results?
Once in a while, your family or primary care doctor may request you to get a hearing assessment or test.?
Now, this doesn’t mean something is wrong; they?re just done to flag any pre-existing conditions or maybe prevent future ones from coming along. Who knows?? However, it is always advisable to see your doctor should you experience sudden hearing loss.
Did you know you should have a Hearing assessments every two years??
What can you expect during a hearing assessment, and why do I need it in the first place? These are questions that will be answered.?
In this article, you will learn:?
- Why one would need a hearing test
- What you can expect during a hearing assessment
- What various results mean
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Why do I need a hearing assessment??
Hearing loss usually comes unexpectedly, but the symptoms are prominent.?
Those hard of hearing usually struggle in crowded spots such as pubs or busy meeting places,? they always have the telly volume on high and tend to ask people to repeat themselves.
But for some, hearing loss is not so apparent. They may not even realise they have hearing loss as it is a gradual process. As a result, their regular lives are often disturbed as they get into difficulty or even disagreements because they have misheard information.
As an essential part of life, hearing impairment is a tough break for some. To avoid damaging your ears, here are some causes of hearing loss you can prevent:?
- Often being around loud noises
- Often mowing the lawn and using loud power tools?
- Shooting guns?
- Loud music, whether live or recorded
- Ear wax build-up
- Unfortunate accidents such as getting hit on the head
When hearing loss is unaddressed, life becomes much more difficult. This is why you should have a hearing test every two years.
What can you expect during a hearing assessment??
A standard hearing test would take about 45- 60 minutes or so and is painless.?
Most people who go to an Audiologist or an ENT specialist will ask them to wear a headset or some earphones while playing differing tones with varying frequencies, volumes, and pitches. Each ear will be tested separately.?
According to the sounds you hear, they can accurately tell you how your ears are doing.?
Other hearing tests will also ask you to listen to a speech at different volumes and ask you to repeat the phrase you heard.
Diagnostic equipment and procedures vary per Audiologist or ENT specialist you visit, but this is what you can expect coming in more often than not.?
Pro tip: If you’re feeling specific symptoms, you might want to note it down to tell your doctor before your hearing assessment.?
Where you can get a hearing assessment done
Get ahead of the problem and schedule a hearing test today. Hearmore UK has in-house services available which you can book at your leisure. No need for long queues as Hearmore UK come directly to you.
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Deciphering the test results
You?ll be pleased to know that hearing tests aren’t pass or fail. But results will reflect the condition of your hearing.
First, we need to explain how your Audiologist may approach the situation. Most likely, they’ll refer to decibels and the number you can hear to refer to your diagnosis.?
Sound intensity is measured in decibels. Normal sounds in a typical environment are usually 60 decibels, whispering is usually 30 decibels and shouting would be around 80 decibels.?
Hearing loss is segmented this way:?
- Mild hearing loss: 26 to 40 decibels
- Moderate hearing loss: 41 to 55 decibels
- Moderate-to-severe hearing loss: 56 to 70 decibels
- Severe hearing loss: 71 to 90 decibels
- Profound hearing loss: 91 to 100 decibels