Hearing Tests

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the US.

Impacting roughly 20% of the American population.

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Hearing Tests

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the US.

Impacting roughly 20% of the American population.

Schedule a Consultation

The Steps to Better Hearing

Hearing impairment affects more than just your ability to hear — it affects your quality of life. Red Rose Hearing Center stresses the importance of an accurate and timely hearing test. The hearing evaluation is just the beginning of your treatment, and it’s essential to setting your unique care plan in motion and taking action on hearing loss. Your in depth hearing evaluation will help us craft a treatment plan that renews your ability to connect with your family and friends, allowind you to truly live your best life on your terms.

STEP 1: The Interview

The interview process helps our practice determine the extent of your hearing impairment and aids us in uncovering any specific areas requiring further attention. Some typical questions you’ll want to prepare for are:

  • Has anyone else in your family had hearing problems?
  • Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you taken any medications that might have contributed to hearing impairment?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises in your workplace or while participating in leisure activities?
STEP 2: The Examination

Our hearing care providers take a close look inside your ear and figure out whether the hearing difficulty you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or eardrum. We use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect your outer ear.

STEP 3: The Hearing Test

Next we’ll need to figure out the nature of your hearing loss. There’s a chance we will include hearing tests such as the following:

  • A hearing screening to measure your hearing at four frequencies at 25 decibels each
  • A speech assessment to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes
  • A middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure

If you are suffering from a hearing impairment, your results will be documented on an audiogram. An audiogram is created after you take a pure-tone hearing test, to map out the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss. The audiogram shows your hearing loss by frequency, as pitch and loudness of sounds change. Frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz), and the loudness or intensity is measured in decibels (dB). We will help determine whether you have trouble hearing low or high pitches and what that means for you moving forward.

 

STEP 4: Treatment Options

Hearing Aids
We will work with you to match your lifestyle needs with the most advanced technology, specifically designed to treat your unique hearing loss. The basic components of this instrument include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and a tiny processor. The exceptional effectiveness of your devices is the result of a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.

Surgery & Implants
We now have the ability to surgically insert devices into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lipreading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. Typically, these are most helpful if you are deaf or profoundly hearing impaired and hearing aids are not a useful treatment for you. Surgical implants include:

  • Cochlear implants
  • Middle-ear implants
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants

Hearing Loss FAQ

Are some types of hearing loss easier to treat?

Hearing loss is a puzzle that our professionals love to solve, and it is based on your individual experiences, lifestyle, and severity of impairment. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment method for hearing loss — it’s based on the sounds that you can’t hear, which vary greatly, and the sounds that you want to be able to hear. A quality hearing system from a reputable manufacturer isn’t effective until an experienced, qualified hearing care professional programs the technology properly based on your unique hearing needs.

How can I improve my hearing?

Unfortunately, many forms of hearing loss are permanent because there is no cure. Treatment methods that feature amplification fit to your specific hearing loss by a hearing care professional typically have the highest user satisfaction for improved hearing and improved quality of life.

Is hearing loss hereditary?
Though it is difficult to say what genetic factors predispose individuals to hearing loss, there seems to be a connection. Some genetic disorders present at birth cause a hearing loss, but in the absence of a disease, hearing loss can still have a basis in your genetics.
Can hearing loss be prevented?
Protecting your hearing from noise levels greater than 85 decibels at work and during leisurely activities will greatly reduce your chances of noise-induced hearing loss. Many manufacturing jobs require hearing protection in loud environments, but while hearing protection is also recommended when ATV riding, hunting, attending concerts, sporting events and playing music.

Types of Hearing Loss

Your treatment will depend on your type and degree of hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems in the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum or middle ear. A conductive hearing loss is often correctable with surgery or medications (typically antibiotics). Alternatively, it may be treated with hearing aids.

Sensorineural hearing loss involves a problem with the inner ear, and is frequently referred to as “nerve deafness.” Sensorineural hearing loss can sometimes be treated with medications (corticosteroids) or surgery. More likely, hearing aids will be required.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both types. Treatment might involve a combination of medication, surgery and/or hearing aids.

Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss is a progressive condition that worsens over time. Symptoms appear so gradually, you may be completely unaware of your loss for some time.

Knowing the signs is helpful in spurring you to take action sooner. Any of the following might indicate hearing loss:

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Do others complain the TV is too loud?

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Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
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Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
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Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
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Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
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Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?

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