Commonly Asked Questions About Hearing Tests

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When experiencing hearing loss it’s not uncommon for many questions to float around your mind You’re experiencing a new way to interface with the world and a large part of this may involve visiting a hearing instrument specialist HIS and understanding the hearing aid devices available to you

Yet before any of that takes place is the necessity of taking a hearing test This is true even if you find that your hearing loss is nothing to worry about and just a simple sign of ageing

You’d be forgiven of course for wanting to know more before beginning or at least feel as if you know what to expect before going in If you’re concerned about your hearing we would advise that you book that hearing test as soon as you can 

But of course you deserve to know what to expect Attending an eye appointment for example may feel a little bit unnerving if you’re not at all sure what all of the optician’s odd instruments are for when going in Let’s put your mind at ease and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about hearing tests:

How Regularly Should Someone Have Their Hearing Tested?

For the most part people aged 1840 are advised to have their hearing tested once every three to five years Of course if you notice hearing loss or wish to have this more frequently then you’re more than welcome to book an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist 

For those over the age of 60 years old annual hearing tests are advised Of course the frequency to which you have your hearing tested and the degree to which these tests take place will be defined by your hearing experience and just what recuperative measures are needed to help you alleviate hearing loss 

Are Hearing Tests Invasive?

Not at all Neither will they hurt which is sometimes a worry that people have that makes them hesitant to book a test This false impression is born of the fact that of course an ear canal is easier to intrude upon than an eye for vision tests and the seemingly pointy tools hearing specialists use to gauge hearing acuity can give a false impression

Your ear is examined physically using an otoscope and a tympanometry the latter of which is used to check your inner ear health Furthermore you may be asked to wear headphones to gauge how well you can hear certain tones and beeps

How Long Do Hearing Tests Last on Average?

This will depend on the purpose of the hearing test for instance those who have notable hearing loss may undergo more stringent testing processes For most people however a hearing test will usually last around thirty minutes or less and so it can be good to ensure you have an hour or two free to attend your appointment and move through the provider’s administration protocols

What Comprises a Hearing Test?

This is perhaps the most essential question Hearing tests usually begin with a conversation Your HIS will ask you about your experience and sometimes your medical history so they can come to a more informed understanding and measure your progress

Most individuals will be asked to wear a pair of headphones in a soundproofed room and listen to a range of short tones played at a range of different volumes and pitches Usually this goes earbyear This may involve listening to speech and repeating the words you hear 

In some cases the hearing specialist will physically examine your ear in order to make sure it’s functioning effectively and hasn’t encountered damage From there they will come to an assessment and may show you your audiogram then or at a later date This will help you get the clearest picture regarding the health of your hearing

Will I Require a Hearing Aid If Hearing Loss Is Detected?

Possibly If this is required you will be thoroughly informed as to why a hearing aid may help the style you may need to wear and what else you may need to do

This is where it’s fantastic to have a great service and the watchful eye of a HIS by your side The Beltone Hearing Center has distinguished itself as a resource for all of your hearing instrument needs Call us today at 4039424327