If you have hearing loss or suspect that someone you love is living with undiagnosed hearing loss, make an appointment for a hearing evaluation at Enhanced Hearing Center. Most people live with hearing loss an average of seven years before getting a hearing test. And as we age, hearing is an important component of mental and physical health.
Enhanced Hearing Center encourages you to bring a friend or family member with you to your hearing evaluation. It helps to have emotional support, and your support person can help you understand the information and recommendations. Hearing professionals agree, treating hearing loss is a family affair.
During a hearing evaluation at Enhanced Hearing Center, the hearing instrument specialist will use a variety of tests to determine if you have hearing loss and how well you hear and understand speech. If test results indicate hearing loss, the specialist will recommend the best treatment for you.
What to expect during a hearing evaluation
When you arrive at our office, you’ll be greeted by our receptionist and asked to fill out a few brief forms. Please bring with you a list of the medications you are currently taking, including all supplements.
The hearing instrument specialist will review your medical history, ask about situations in which you find hearing difficult, and then perform a physical examination of your ears.
The physical exam may include viewing your ears with an otoscope. This is a painless procedure and provides the specialist with valuable information about the condition of your ear canal and eardrum.
Next, the hearing instrument specialist will perform tests to determine what sounds you can hear and what sounds you might be missing. This may include tests to assess your ability to hear and understand speech when background noise is present.
Interpreting the results
Each ear is tested separately, and the results are recorded on an audiogram. This pictural representation of your hearing indicates at what level you can hear various sounds.
The hearing instrument specialist at Enhanced Hearing Center will review and interpret the audiogram. If you have hearing loss that can be corrected with modern hearing aids, your options will be discussed.