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4 FAQs About Hearing Tests

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If you have recently noticed signs of hearing loss, and have been researching the best course of action to take, you’ve probably found out that it’s always advisable to have a consultation with a reputable audiologist.

While audiologists tend to be easily contactable and accessible, however, many people feel a bit hesitant at first to actually call in and arrange their initial appointment. The main reason for this is simply that there are particular questions and concerns people typically have, which they would like to have addressed before venturing into the unknown. Once the first appointment is out of the way, however, individuals are typically very happy to arrange follow-up appointments as required.

Here are four frequently asked questions about hearing tests, so that you can put your mind at ease upfront.

1. Will I feel anything?

A hearing test is not like a visit to the dentist. The short answer to this question is “no.”

A hearing test is an easy and gentle series of procedures, which will feel perfectly comfortable, and which will be roughly comparable to an eye test in terms of how the overall experience feels and plays out. The audiologist will be able to explain everything to you before getting started, so you know exactly what’s going to happen before it does.

2. What kinds of procedures will be carried out?

Prior to their first visit to the audiologist, many individuals will be curious about the exact procedures that will be carried out during the consultation. The specific examinations will vary from case to case, and depending on the particulars of your situation, and what you tell the audiologist. Generally speaking, however, you will be asked to respond to different tones and sounds, and will have your ears inspected gently using specialized instruments.

An advanced hearing test can include elements of speech testing, pure tone testing, and perhaps middle eight testing – to ensure that there isn’t fluid or pressure buildup behind the eardrum.

3. How long will the hearing test take?

Hearing tests do not take very long. A thorough hearing test will typically take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and after the test, the audiologist will discuss your results with you in detail and you will be able to plan the next steps going forward.

If a hearing device is fitted on the same day as your hearing test, the whole procedure will typically take around 90 minutes, and you will be able to benefit from improved hearing immediately.

4. Will I need to wear hearing aids?

If your audiologist identifies that you are experiencing a specific type of hearing loss, you may be encouraged to choose from a selection of hearing aids tailored to your particular circumstances, budget, et cetera.

Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, and they are remarkably effective at correcting the hearing and improving the quality of life of those who wear them. Not only can hearing aids help with addressing hearing loss directly, but they can also help with tinnitus and balance issues, too.

One of the great things about a hearing aid is that once it’s fitted, you experience the full benefits immediately.


 

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