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Do You Need a Hearing Test?
Hearing loss can come on so gradually, you may not even realize it’s happening. This online quiz can help you decide if you are hearing less than you should be.
What to Expect
A combination of your medical history, examination of the ears, and diagnostic tests will enable the audiologist to determine what is going on with your hearing.
What we do
Living with a hearing loss means going through life with a wall between you and your loved ones. Untreated hearing loss can be difficult for you and everyone around you. But getting the help you need doesn’t have to be difficult.
A hearing test provides an evaluation of the sensitivity of a person’s sense of hearing. An evaluation of your hearing may include a test of the middle ear, listening to pure tone beeping sounds and or a series of words.
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) refer to various types of amplification equipment designed to improve communication in listening situations where the listener may benefit from additional help.
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
- evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and vestibular(balance) disorders
- prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies
- are members of cochlear implant teams
- perform ear or hearing related surgical monitoring
- design and implement hearing conservation programs
- design and implement newborn hearing screening programs
- provide hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement
- assess and treat individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing disorders
- assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the ear, such as ringing)
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Causes of Hearing Loss
Loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Noise from lawn mowers, snow blowers, or loud music can damage the inner ear, resulting in permanent hearing loss. Loud noise also contributes to tinnitus. You can prevent most noise-related hearing loss. Protect yourself by turning down the sound on your stereo, television, or headphones; moving away from loud noise; or using earplugs or other ear protection.
Earwax or fluid buildup can block sounds that are carried from the eardrum to the inner ear. If
A punctured eardrum can also cause hearing loss. The eardrum can be damaged by infection, pressure, or putting objects in the ear, including cotton-tipped swabs. See your doctor if you have pain or fluid draining from the ear.
Health conditions common in older people, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can contribute to hearing loss. Viruses and bacteria (including the ear infection otitis media), a heart condition, stroke, brain injury, or a tumor may also affect your hearing.
How Much Noise is Too Much?
Hearing loss facts: Noise exposure
- Noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss
- Noise-induced hearing loss, while preventable, is permanent
- Exposure to a lawn mower, for just 15 minutes a day over time, can cause permanent damage to
- Listening to music on a smartphone at high volumes over time can cause permanent damage to hearing.
How Prevalent is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss: Prevalence
- 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss
- 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss
- 2 out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss
- 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.
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