Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test
Hearing loss is the third most experienced physical condition for adults worldwide. Right now, there are an estimated 3.6 million Australians with some degree of hearing loss. That’s 1 out of 6 people, many of whom go untreated. By age 65, 1 out of 3 people will experience hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a major public health concern and can affect people of all ages. Depending on the cause, hearing loss may be sudden or gradual as well as temporary or permanent. Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can have adverse consequences on both our physical and mental health.
Hearing Loss Prevention
Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent future problems and conditions. Many people wait until difficulty hearing has already begun and by that time may have been living with hearing loss for several years.
Risk Increases with Age
Hearing loss risks increase with age and individuals over age 60 are recommended to seek annual hearing checkups in order to catch and diagnose hearing problems early.
What to Expect during your Hearing Test Appointment
The clinician will go through a series of questions before checking your hearing. These questions are designed to understand your hearing, your lifestyle needs and any challenges you may have.
The hearing test will start with a physical examination of your ears. An otoscope is used by the clinician to view the inner workings of your ears. The otoscope doesn’t hurt, so don’t be nervous about this part.
Finally, the “hearing” part of the exam will begin. A pure-tone test and a speech- recognition test may be used to assess your actual hearing levels. As these tests are performed, the results are recorded on a strip of paper known as an audiogram. A hearing test provides a measure of the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech. The test will measure the quietest sound that you can hear across several points in the speech range.
The audiogram indicates whether you have hearing loss and the degree of loss. The clinician will discuss the result and options with you.
There are a number of different tests available depending on the age of the child. Not all clinicians are qualified to do children’s hearing tests so it is best to check with us to see if your local ihear clinic offers this service.
Industrial Hearing Test
Hearing loss can be a direct effect of many occupations and exposure to loud environmental sounds. Our work-related hearing services include free hearing checks to assess If you have been exposed to a noisy work environment or suffer from tinnitus (ringing in your ears). We can also provide hearing protection solutions including custom ear plugs and workcover assessments. If your work or environment has impacted your hearing, you may be entitled to free hearing devices or compensation for hearing loss.
Do you have hearing loss?
If you’re not sure—maybe you’ve started to think you do—or people close to you have said you might, take the free online hearing test.
How do I know if I need a hearing test?
The signs of hearing loss may be subtle and difficult to identify at first. It may often take years for a person to realize or admit they are experiencing a loss in hearing. If you experience any of the following, you may want to consider scheduling a comprehensive hearing examination.
You say “What?” often…
Asking someone to repeat themselves from time to time is fine, but if you have to ask for frequent repetition this may be a symptom of hearing loss.
You have trouble hearing on the phone…
Occasional trouble is not worrisome, but regular difficulty hearing the other party over the phone may be symptom of hearing loss.
You have a ringing in your ears…
Ringing in the ears is often thought to be a sign of hearing loss or damage.
You have trouble hearing in crowded environments…
Hearing loss can make it difficult to hear in group situations such as restaurants and social gatherings.
Your television is too loud for others comfort…
If you require turning your television to a volume others find uncomfortable, it may be a sign of hearing loss.
People have said something to you…
If friends or family have expressed concern about your ability to hear, it may be time to schedule a hearing test.
Take Control of Your Hearing Health Today
The signs of hearing loss are subtle and difficult to identify, which is why it’s critical to be proactive regarding your hearing at the first sign. If you’re concerned about possible hearing loss, you have options. Schedule a hearing test at one of our many clinics or take our free hearing test online. Let us partner with you to help you hear and live your best.