Do you think you could have hearing loss? If so, it is a good idea to visit your local audiologist for a hearing evaluation. This will tell you if there is any hearing loss present, and how advanced it is.
If this will be your first recent hearing test, you may want to know what to expect. There are a few ways to test for hearing loss. Here is a brief overview; and don’t worry: no matter which one you choose it is and easy, painless exam!
A Quick Audible Test
The Whisper Test: the doctor asks you to cover one ear and will then whisper near the other ear. This is a quick indication whether or not you have hearing in that ear. Though subjective test can give the doctor an idea of where to begin with other tests.
A Physical Examination
If you are getting a yearly health check-up, your family doctor may offer a hearing screening. This physical evaluation may include looking in your ear or speaking to you normally from different angles to see how you respond.
Using an Audiometer
An audiometer is a more accurate, objective way to examine hearing. Your audiologist may ask you to wear headphones. Sounds will then be isolated to the right or left ear. The sound will then repeat at different volume levels to test your hearing ability.
Using Tuning Forks
Metal tuning forks produce a tune when they are hit together. Tuning forks offer doctors a quick way to test overall hearing loss and pinpoint where damage is.
If your hearing loss is temporary, treatment will depend on the reason. There may be a physical blockage like ear wax, or it could be a structural abnormality in your ear. In these cases, the doctor may be able to fix it. More severe structural issues may require surgery to correct the issue and reestablish normal hearing.
Sometimes there is an issue with the inner ear. In this case cochlear implants might be an option. The risks and benefits can be explained to you by your doctor if this is the best option for you.
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The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.