According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, individuals wait for an average of seven years from when they notice hearing problems to have a hearing test. During this period, the progressive process of hearing loss might have many negative repercussions. Hearing loss impacts your work performance and interpersonal interactions and may even put you at risk of developing dementia if left untreated.
Every treatment program for hearing loss starts with the first step: a hearing test. If hearing loss is discovered, our experts will work with you to choose the best treatment option.
We understand that, like with any exam, you may be nervous. But a hearing test is a straightforward, painless, and short procedure. Here's what you can anticipate during a hearing exam with us.
After you check-in, you will be met by one of the hearing professionals who will walk you through the hearing test procedure. Our staff is eager to meet you and assist you on your path to improved hearing health.
We'll review your and your family's medical history before we start any tests. We'll ask about times and places you've had difficulty hearing, such as a loud restaurant or office.
We'll discuss your job, everyday activities, interests, and lifestyle. All of these components assist us in becoming acquainted with any accommodations we may need to consider, should a hearing aid fitting be necessary.
Tympanometry & Otoscopic Examination
We will use an otoscope to examine your ear canals for evidence of damage or obstruction. Hearing loss may develop due to an impacted earwax or an eardrum rupture. This process is effortless and requires no effort on your side.
Then, we'll use a little probe with a flexible rubber tip to examine your middle ear for the tympanometry test. This treatment is painless and enables us to examine your middle ear function. Changes in ear pressure may occur, similar to the feeling you get during a plane takeoff and landing.
Following the physical inspection, you will enter a soundproof room and be given a set of special headphones. A sequence of sounds at varying levels and frequencies will be delivered via your headphones during the pure-tone hearing exam. You will be asked to indicate whether or not you hear them.
Following that, you'll take the speech exam. This exam is intended to assess your voice recognition skills, which are often impaired by hearing loss. You will be asked to repeat a sequence of words or phrases as part of this exam.
Discussion of Your Results
The results of your hearing tests are recorded on an audiogram, a visual depiction of your hearing ability (based on each ear). We will go through the audiogram with you and review your hearing skills.
If a hearing loss is identified, the audiogram will tell us the kind, degree, and configuration (unilateral or bilateral) of your hearing loss.
Treatment and Next Steps
Keep your audiogram if no hearing loss is discovered! Including an annual hearing test in your health care plan is critical.
Hearing aids are the most prevalent type of therapy for hearing loss. At Upstate Hearing and Balance, we provide a wide range of hearing aid alternatives that use cutting-edge technology to blend smoothly into your lifestyle and reconnect you to the sounds of your life. If hearing loss is identified, our experts will work with you to establish the best solution for your hearing requirements.
To book a hearing exam, please get in touch with Upstate Hearing and Balance now.