Hearing Self Assessment

Now that you have learned some of the facts about hear­ing loss and Sound Voids™, you can take the first steps toward pre­ven­tion or treat­ment. The fol­low­ing ques­tion­naire has been adapt­ed from a self-assess­ment tool cre­at­ed by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Oto­laryn­gol­o­gy. Please take the time to answer each ques­tion as accu­rate­ly as pos­si­ble.

When To Get A Hearing Test

Most hear­ing loss devel­ops grad­u­al­ly, so the signs are dif­fi­cult to detect. Ask your­self these ques­tions to eval­u­ate how you are hear­ing:

1. Do peo­ple seem to mum­ble or speak in a soft­er voice more than they use to?
2. Do you feel tired or irri­ta­ble after a long con­ver­sa­tion?
3. Do you some­times miss key words in a sen­tence?
4. Do you fre­quent­ly need to ask peo­ple to repeat them­selves?
5. Do you have dif­fi­cul­ty under­stand­ing the con­ver­sa­tion in a crowd­ed room?
6. Do you often turn the vol­ume up on the TV or radio?
7. Does back­ground noise both­er you?
8. Is it some­times hard to hear the con­ver­sa­tion on the tele­phone?
9. Do you some­times not hear the door­bell or tele­phone ring?
10. Are your fam­i­ly or friends com­plain­ing about your hear­ing?

If you answered YES to two or more of these ques­tions, you may want to sched­ule a hear­ing test by a doc­tor of audi­ol­o­gy. Through test­ing, an audi­ol­o­gist can tell you whether you have a hear­ing loss as well as its nature and extent. If a hear­ing loss is detect­ed, an appro­pri­ate course of action will be rec­om­mend­ed.

Do You Need A Hearing Test?

Your hear­ing is a pre­cious gift – one you need to take care of or run the risk of los­ing. An impor­tant part of hear­ing care is hav­ing your hear­ing checked peri­od­i­cal­ly. There are sev­er­al lev­els of hear­ing eval­u­a­tion, from a basic hear­ing test to more com­plex diag­nos­tic tests for spe­cif­ic prob­lems.

Basic Hearing Testing

A basic hear­ing test is per­formed in a qui­et area (prefer­ably a Sound Booth) with an audiome­ter, a device that pro­duces var­i­ous pitch sounds (fre­quen­cies) at dif­fer­ent lev­els (inten­si­ties). The per­son responds to the sounds by either rais­ing his/her hand or push­ing a but­ton.

Results are then chart­ed on an audio­gram, which gives the audi­ol­o­gist an indi­ca­tion of whether hear­ing is with­in nor­mal lim­its or if a prob­lem may exist.

If a hear­ing loss is detect­ed, more test­ing can be per­formed to bet­ter define the nature and extent and pos­si­ble cause of the hear­ing loss. Each test eval­u­ates a dif­fer­ent part of the ear. Some typ­i­cal tests per­formed include:

Additional diagnostic testing

  • Tym­panogram – tests the eardrum and the mid­dle ear (the space behind the eardrum).
  • Acoustic reflex­es – mea­sures the move­ment of the tiny bones behind the eardrum.
  • Otoa­coustic emis­sion (OAE) – checks the func­tion of the tiny lit­tle “hair cells” in the inner ear.
  • Speech test­ing – eval­u­ates the effect of the hear­ing loss on under­stand­ing speech. Some­times this is per­formed in both a qui­et and noisy back­ground, using live or record­ed voice.
  • Audi­to­ry Evoked Poten­tials (ABR) – checks the acoustic nerve func­tion up to and into the first part of the brain (Pons)
  • Electronys­tag­mog­ra­phy (ENG) – eval­u­ates the part of the inner ear con­trol­ling bal­ance. Usu­al­ly per­formed on indi­vid­u­als who expe­ri­ence dizzi­ness or bal­ance prob­lem.
  • Audi­to­ry Pro­cess­ing Test­ing (APD/CAPD) – eval­u­ates how the brain per­ceives or under­stands what the ear sends. Many times, this test is rec­om­mend­ed for chil­dren who expe­ri­ence atten­tion or learn­ing prob­lems, or adults who have nor­mal ear func­tion but still have “hear­ing” dif­fi­cul­ty.

Call us for a no-oblig­a­tion hear­ing screen­ing (405)273‑6203 .

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