Are you beginning to suspect there may be something wrong with your hearing? This wonderful auditory sense is not one you want to lose and that's why having a diagnostic hearing test may help you save some or all of it.
There are many values to having this test done. One is to test the eardrum movements. This will help the audiologist to rule out any possible medical causes. Hidden factors, like a blockage, an ear infection or even a tiny hole in your eardrum may be the culprit and cause of your loss.
After it has been determined none of these are the reason you are experiencing auditory loss, he will most likely discuss further testing. The results of this will help him to know if your loss can be improved with the help of an aid.
You will be tested on the degree, type and configuration of your loss. These test the softest sounds you can hear 50% of the time.
Next, the lowest vowel sound you can hear as well as the comfort level of the loudest sounds will be determined. These tests will give great insight into your level of loss. Much valuable information is gained by the specialist from each of these and enables him to know which audit aid will benefit you the most.
The great thing about these tests is that the results are ready immediately and can be shared with you, the patient afterwards. Your audiologist will be able to explain how the audit aid will help you every day.
Some of the results of the test relating to loss are:
1. The relation to the outer and / or middle ear.
2. The relation to the inner ear nerves and hair cells.
3. If your loss is mild, moderate, severe or profound.
4. What audit aid will best be suited to your ability to discriminate certain speech patterns.
After the testing, if the audiologist also dispenses auditory aids, he can recommend the type, which would, best suit you and your needs.
Remember, under governmental regulations, you're entitled to a copy of the test without ever buying any aids. This will allow you some time to do a little comparison-shopping.
It's crucial to have a hearing test performed before buying any aid. Without an accurate and up-to-date test, your aids could have been improperly fitted and cause you more trouble and expense than necessary.
A hearing test should be a vital part of everyone's yearly medical physical. A physician is qualified to give this test. Often, our hearing is overlooked at the time of our annual check-up, but it should not be. Auditory loss can happen slowly over a period of time, and you do not even notice until it's too late. Many times much can be done to enhance this auditory sense if it's detected early. The old cliché says, “Prevention is worth a pound of cure.” and that's very true in this area.