“They just aren’t speaking loud enough.”
“I could have sworn that’s what she said.”
“This restaurant is way too loud, no one can have a conversation!”
Do you ever find yourself saying things like this? Has it been suggested to you that you should have a hearing test? Hearing loss can be sudden, but more often it happens gradually making it hard to tell whether you need to have your hearing checked. In fact, it’s estimated that 44 million people have significant hearing loss in the United States and only a fraction of them seek help. This is especially surprising as hearing tests are simple, painless and can tell you almost immediately whether hearing aids or other treatments would help.
Do I Need a Hearing Test?
- Do you have arguments over whether you misheard someone?
- Do you have to constantly ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do other people complain you have the TV or radio too loud?
- Has someone suggested you go for a hearing test?
- Are you straining to hear others at parties, in meetings, or other groups?
- Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?
- Do you have trouble hearing conversations in noisy environments?
If you answered yes to several of the questions above, you should probably have your ears tested and go for a full hearing evaluation.
How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test?
Adults should have their hearing evaluated every one to three years depending on what their hearing tests reveal. The more significant your hearing loss, the more frequently you should be tested.
How Hearing Tests Work
At The Hearing Center at EyeCare Associates, we will likely evaluate your hearing using various tests, including:
This hearing test checks how well you can hear when having a conversation using high-frequency words that are commonly confused. You’ll repeat several words that you hear through earphones to make sure you’re able to discern sound combinations in speech. Audiometric tests measure hearing loss as a percent as well as a percent of words you heard accurately.