Is It Time for a Hearing Test?
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?
Types of Hearing Loss
A conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not transported efficiently through the ear canal, eardrum, or through the tiny bones of the middle ear. This results in a reduction of the loudness of a sound.
Often referred to (in error) as “nerve deafness” a sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. These cells cannot be repaired or replaced. Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:
Some people have both a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss. A combination of the two different types is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. Resolution of the conductive portion can result in improved hearing
What to Expect During Your First Visit.
A hearing test is a painless procedure designed to provide us with information about the status of well…your ability to hear. The following are a few of the procedures that might occur during the course of a hearing test. It is quite possible that not all of these procedures will be done when you come for your visit. We treat every patient as an individual and as such we will tailor your visit to meet your needs.
Pure Tone Air Conduction Testing
Pure Tone Bone Conduction Testing
To administer this test, a small device that vibrates will be placed behind one ear at a time. If the hearing levels in both ears are similar this test will usually be done with the vibrator device behind one ear only.
Speech Discrimination Testing
Since it’s important to determine not just how well you hear tones but also how well you’re able to understand the spoken word we administer speech tests. The speech discrimination test is administered at a level that is comfortable for you, not
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