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Common FAQs About Hearing Tests

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There are a lot of questions that asked about health, but one of the biggest questions out there are asked by those in the older generation – and it surrounds hearing loss. It can be extremely difficult to admit when there’s a problem, even when you don’t realize the slow decline in your hearing. You’ll likely notice that there’s an issue when you suddenly start to turn the volume up to the highest decibel when you’re watching your favorite TV show, or you find yourself asking your children to speak up when they’re talking. Once this happens to you, you know that it’s time to get a hearing test. You must have so many questions, but that’s okay – we’re going to answer them for you here:

Why should I see an audiologist?

Well, if you’re having issues with your hearing, you should be checked over – even if your appointment time hasn’t come around yet. A routine physical doesn’t often involve a hearing check, so it’s something that you need to book separately to the usual checks every six months. An audiologist can go deeper than a regular physician.

Will I deal with hearing loss for good?

This is going to depend on the hearing test results. There are three different types of hearing loss that can affect you: sensorineural, conductive and a mix of both. Sensorineural loss can be assessed during testing and is usually permanent as it involved damage to the nerves. Conductive loss can be temporary and is usually down to an infection or a blockage in the ear. A mix of both isn’t ideal, as it would mean that after a blockage is cleared, you still have permanent damage.

What does testing involve?

The time you spend with an audiologist can make things clearer for you, but you may undergo a couple of hours of tests. Don’t panic, though, they’re painless and will only serve to check how much you can hear. Tone testing and speech testing will both be done during your time with your audiologist and the results get charted on an audiogram. This audiogram can tell you where your hearing is affected; it’s all rather brilliant.

What do I need to bring?

Your audiologist will need to see your medical records and you will also need to bring evidence of any medication that you are taking right now. If you haven’t yet, start recording the times you have hearing loss and note down what you’re doing at the time it happens, such as watching television or having a simple conversation.

A hearing test isn’t a frightening experience as there isn’t anything that happens to cause pain. You may feel apprehensive about the results, which is completely normal. Your audiologist should be able to smooth down any concerns that you may have and make you feel reassured by the future ahead of you. Your ability to hear isn’t something to mess with, so don’t ignore any symptoms that are concerning and book an appointment as soon as possible.