Do you feel frustrated talking to friends and family? Are you constantly asking, “What? What?” Has the average volume on your TV or car radio consistently gotten louder over the years? Then you may be experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing loss, whether due to age, environmental noise or even certain health conditions and medications, affects millions of people in the U.S. each year. Sometimes its progression is so gradual you don’t even notice until it’s too late to treat.
The best way to find out if you have hearing loss is a hearing evaluation. A hearing test can not only check if you have hearing loss, but can tell you the severity and type of loss.
At Sweet Sounds Hearing Aids, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations. You’ll benefit from trained hearing professionals who can administer and interpret hearing loss tests, from the tried-and-true to the latest-and-greatest.
Some of the more common types of hearing tests we offer at Sweet Sounds Hearing Aids include:
- Pure tone audiometry: The “gold standard” of hearing tests, pure tone audiometry checks hearing by playing sounds through ear inserts or The patient indicates when he or she hears the sound.
- Bone conduction test: For this test, your hearing care professional will put a small device behind your ear. The sounds sent through this device cause your skull to gently vibrate. This vibration goes to the inner ear, or cochlea, and skips the outer and middle ear. This test tells the hearing care professional if there is a problem in the outer or middle ear.
- Speech test: Your hearing care professional will test your ability to hear and repeat words spoken at different sound thresholds. This is sometimes done in conjunction with background noise.
If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, request an appointment with Sweet Sounds Hearing Aids. Our hearing care professionals will administer various hearing tests and help you understand how hearing loss affects you and your options for treating it.