Do you feel frustrated talking to friends and family? Are you constantly asking, “What? What?” Has the average volume on your TV or car radio consistently gotten louder over the years? Then you may be experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing loss, whether due to age, environmental noise or even certain health conditions and medications, affects millions of people in the U.S. each year. Sometimes its progression is so gradual you don’t even notice until it’s too late to treat.
The best way to find out if you have hearing loss is a hearing evaluation. A hearing test can not only check if you have hearing loss, but can tell you how bad it is and even what kind.
At Atkins Hearing Center, you will receive comprehensive hearing tests and will benefit from trained hearing professionals who can administer and interpret hearing loss tests, from the tried-and-true to the latest-and-greatest. We believe in staying on the cutting edge of hearing care technology to better serve our patients.
Some of the more common types of hearing tests we offer at Atkins Hearing Center include:
- Pure tone audiometry: The “gold standard” of hearing tests, pure tone audiometry checks hearing by playing sounds through headphones. The patient indicates when he or she hears the sound.
- Bone Conduction: This test involves placing a headband with a small square-like box behind the patient’s ear.The box becomes an oscillator and this is how the sound is presented to the patient. The oscillator vibrates and sends the pure-tone sound directly into the cochlea, bypassing the outer and middle ear to determine the origin of the problem.
- Speech test: Your hearing care professional will test your ability to hear and repeat words spoken at different sound thresholds. This is sometimes done in conjunction with background noise.
- Video Otoscopy: This test involves a video otoscope used for visualizing the inside of the ear. Equipped with light sources and a video camera, it allows hearing professionals to diagnose outer, inner and middle ear problems with unmatched accuracy.
If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, request an appointment with Atkins Hearing Center. Our hearing care professionals will administer various hearing tests and help you understand how hearing loss affects you and your options for treating it.