Questions about Hearing Tests
A typical hearing test usually takes around 20-30 minutes and is absolutely PAINLESS.
If this is your first time to get a hearing test, let your worries drift away because the process is brief and non-invasive.
During the hearing test, you will be asked to wear earphones and listen to short tones or audio prompts that are played at different pitches and volumes, one ear at a time. A hearing test is designed to determine whether you can hear (and how well you can hear) each sound, including the high and low pitches.
A hearing test will also determine whether you are picking up loud or quiet sounds and will also establish if you have hearing loss on the left and/or right ear.
There are also some hearing tests where you will be asked to listen to speech at different volume levels, one ear at a time. You will then be asked to repeat the words that were just said. This type of hearing test may be done in a noisy or quiet room, just to determine if you are having trouble hearing over background noise.
If you SUSPECT that you may have hearing loss, there’s no excuse to dilly-dally or shrug it off. Hearing is precious and you wouldn’t want to regret not getting the needed intervention in the earlier stages of hearing loss, right?
For all you know, you may already be carrying some type of hearing loss. If your doctor says you should get a hearing test, do so, even if you think that you’re hearing just fine. It’s much better to be safe than sorry.
If you won’t do anything to address your hearing loss, you’ll end up feeling isolated and left out of social events and daily conversations that you usually enjoy. You might end up creating a communication barrier with your friends and family because you’re embarrassed to always ask them to repeat themselves.
All it takes is to take the first step – and that is to get a hearing test.
So you’ve already submitted yourself to a hearing test – what now? After a hearing test, an audiologist will go over the results to lay out different options for intervention. These will all be discussed with you and during this stage, feel free to ask questions.
A hearing test is done in a sound booth or in a soundproof room to guarantee that the test will be as accurate as possible, masking the ears from any external noise that may tamper the result.
Here’s a good question – what about patients who are claustrophobic and would feel uncomfortable being in an enclosed space? Don’t worry, we have what we call a Plan B. The hearing test will be performed outside the sound booth BUT the patient will need to wear a special set of headphones (bigger ones) to compensate for not being in a soundproof room.
Whether you admit it or not, constantly asking people to repeat oneself is not only tiresome but embarrassing. Numerous studies have established strong connections between hearing loss and health concerns, including depression and dementia.
People who are fitted with hearing aids in the early stages of hearing loss significantly reduce their risk of suffering from cognitive decline.
We also advocate regular hearing tests for children. Identifying hearing problems early on in childhood can greatly help in preventing negative impacts in a child’s speech, language development, education and social skills.
Hearing loss treatment is MORE effective if problems are detected and managed properly in the EARLY stages.