Hearing is a vital sense and can have an impact on your overall quality of life. Hearing loss can happen gradually, without you even realizing it. The first step to understanding your overall hearing health is to complete a hearing test conducted by a registered Audiologist. Here are some common signs of hearing loss:
At Port Credit Audiology, all patients complete a comprehensive assessment to understand how your entire hearing system works, and why you hear the way you do. Your assessment will provide you with information regarding the overall health of your ear and whether you have normal hearing or some degree of hearing loss. Here is what you can expect with a complete hearing assessment at Port Credit Audiology:
An in-depth interview and questionnaires that will provide the information necessary to understand your hearing and other relevant medical history. This information is important for accurate treatment of hearing loss.
Your ear canals and ear drums will be examined to determine their overall health. This will allow your audiologist to view any blockages such as ear wax or any outer ear abnormalities that require removal or medical follow up.
To review the middle ear system, your audiologist will analyze how much your eardrum and middle ear bones are moving. Certain hearing losses are due to a “loose” or “stiff” middle ear system. How much your eardrums move affects the way sounds are transmitted to your inner ear. Your audiologist can determine if your eardrums are working normally or require medical follow up.
Pure Tone Audiometry
Most people are familiar with this step of the hearing test. You will be seated in a sound treated booth while wearing a pair of headphones and asked to respond to a series of tones or beeps at different of pitches.
The results of this part of the assessment determine whether your hearing is normal or if you have a hearing loss. It will also help determine the type and degree of hearing loss you may have.
You will listen to a series of words or phrases and be asked to repeat them. These will be played in quiet and in background noise.
Your trusted audiologist will assess all these tests together to understand how your hearing system works. Based on the results, your audiologist can make personalized recommendations for a treatment plan that may include:
- Prescribing hearing aids
- Hearing Protection
- Tinnitus Counseling
- Recommendation to follow up with your family doctor or ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT)
- Annual hearing assessments
Port Credit Audiology encourages patients to bring a friend or family member with them to their appointment. Your trusted audiologist will dedicate the time to explain your results, so you are best able to make an informed decision.
Hearing plays a vital role in the ways we interact and communicate with others. Being able to make the appropriate recommendations such as prescribing a hearing aid is a complex process that requires in-depth knowledge of human hearing and communication. Audiologists provide crucial hearing healthcare to patients of all ages.
To hear the most out of life, visit an audiologist.