HEARING AID EVALUATIONS AND TESTING
Hearing loss is an invisible disability and affects everyone from all ages and all walks of life. Hearing loss is common, but often ignored by the hard-of-hearing individual until the effects of untreated hearing loss impacts not only themselves but also everyone around them. Approximately 3 million Canadians suffer from hearing loss - that is 1 out of 10 people!
What is involved in a hearing test?
The Hearing Care Professional first asks you a few questions. For example: What situations do you find yourself in that cause you to think your hearing has gotten worse? Have you been / are you exposed to very loud noises at work?
A hearing test at Evear Hearing takes place in a soundproof booth, sounds at different frequencies are played to you through insert headphones. These sounds cover the frequency range of 125 to 8,000 Hertz, very low to very high. They are played in each ear individually and start at an easily audible level, that is decided by the Hearing Care Professional, and slowly decrease and increase in volume. You will be asked to indicate each time you hear the sound by pressing a button. At the end of the test with the insert headphones, the same test may be performed with vibrations on the skull. This test will be able to determine if there is any damage to the middle ear.
Your hearing is evaluated using an audiogram which shows the test sounds on a scale and provides information on the hearing thresholds level in decibels. The Hearing Care Professional can then examine the frequencies at which the thresholds differ from normal hearing. This test is an important part of the consultation on determining a suitable hearing solution. Afterwards, the Hearing Care Professional will explain the results and will recommend the different hearing aid models and/or styles that best fit your hearing loss and lifestyle.
Have you noticed a difference?
Having a hearing loss might become noticeable for you as you start to miss out on the conversations with your loved ones in a busy restaurant or you need to turn up the TV to be able to hear your favourite TV program properly. Safety can also be an issue with hearing loss. Imagine if you don’t hear the car right behind you when walking in a busy city or if you don’t hear the fire alarm in your home.
Answering the following questions with either "Yes" or "No" can give you an initial idea of how well you can hear:
Are speech and sounds loud enough, but unclear?
Do you feel others are mumbling or speaking unintelligible?
Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in large groups?
Is it more difficult when there is background noise? Ex. restaurants or pubs.
Do others often ask for you to turn the TV down?
Do you no longer look forward to celebrations and events?
If you answered “Yes” to 2 or more questions, we recommend that you have your hearing evaluated.
It doesn’t affect only you
Hearing loss can be frustrating for you and the people around you. You may begin to withdraw, lose your self-confidence and feel isolated from others, especially in group situations. Perhaps you even experience that it has become difficult to manage your job satisfactory.
The longer you wait the harder it gets
When your brain is deprived of sound stimulation, it loses the ability to process sounds. The longer you wait the more sounds disappear and it takes more time to re-adapt.
You get your vision tested regularly but what about your hearing? It is recommended to get a routine screening at least every 3 years after turning 50. A hearing test can tell you if you have a hearing loss and our Hearing Care Professional can advise you on what you can do about it.
At Evear Hearing, we want to ensure that when you walk out of our clinic you are confident that you have made the best decision about your hearing needs.
Book an appointment with us today to start your path towards better hearing!