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4 Questions to Ask About Hearing Tests

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There are many things that can affect your hearing, coming from all kinds of sources and various situations. Activities such as going to loud music concerts, using noisy construction tools or plane and train spotting as a hobby can contribute to hearing loss. In addition, hearing loss is a natural symptom of getting a little older and is most common in 60 to 75-year-olds. 

Of course, there are many reasons that you are experiencing hearing loss, and should you suspect that hearing loss has occurred then you should consult a hearing care professional.

What Happens During a Hearing Test?

When you attend a hearing test, a hearing professional known as a hearing healthcare professional will perform a series of non-intrusive measurements focused on your hearing. The hearing care professional will measure your range of hearing frequencies at different volumes to test your hearing response to them. The tests are painless and will last for around 30 minutes.

Where Can I Book a Hearing Test?

Booking a hearing test is as simple as calling your dentist or physician. Hearing care professionals work from private offices located all over and many also operate out of well-known pharmacies. To book a test simply consult your local business directory or search for local hearing care professionals using well-known internet search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. 

What If There is Another Issue?

During your hearing test, it is possible that the hearing healthcare professional discovers that you are experiencing reduced hearing because of a more serious issue other than common hearing loss. Your hearing healthcare professional will talk to you about all the possible outcomes and recommend the best treatment possible for your specific needs. This may include a hearing aid, which comes in a variety of different styles, including in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC).

How Do I Choose the Correct Hearing Aid?

Common issues such as wax buildup and infection can cause hearing loss and a hearing aid may not be necessary but following a hearing test, you will be informed about whether you actually need a hearing aid. Choosing the correct hearing aid won’t be left down to yourself and your hearing healthcare professional will recommend the most accurate and necessary hearing for your case.