The first step to best-possible listening health is a hearing test. In the United States, individuals wait an average of seven years from the moment they first detect changes in their hearing when they want to take a hearing test. Hearing experts recommend an annual hearing test for individuals over the age of 50, which is the same frequency we might undergo vision checks or physicals.
We’re here to reassure you that a hearing test is easy, painless, and non-invasive, and best of all, fast! Here’s what you can expect during your hearing test with us at DigiCare Hearing Solutions.
We learn more about you
We recommend that you gather any details you have about your family medical background and your medical history in preparation for your hearing test. If members of your family have suffered hearing loss, it may be necessary for us to know. Please let us know if you’ve undergone any accidents or medical issues in the past few years.
We will ask you about your current lifestyle. Do you work in noisy places, or are you frequently exposed to loud noises? What are your hobbies? This data will allow us to compile a detailed image of your everyday activities and the various environments you live in. It may point to occasions where you have been subjected to noise or show us situations where you will need additional help with hearing. This data can come in handy if you have a hearing loss as we decide the next course of action.
We examine your ears
We will perform a brief physical examination using an otoscope to examine the ears. We’re going to check for earwax accumulation, blockages, swelling, inflammation, and any symptoms of hearing damage or disease that might impair your hearing.
Preparing for your hearing test
You should expect the hearing tests to be administered in a quiet setting. It will take place in a sound-dampened room. You’ll be asked to wear headphones or ear inserts for the duration of the following tests.
Threshold of Hearing Assessment
In this test, a sequence of tones ranging from low to high will be played through the headphones. You will be asked to gesture, signal, or push a button when you hear a sound to let us know you have heard the tone.
This information is used to find the softest sounds you can hear in each pitch. There might be some sound that you can’t hear, and that’s all right. The test’s purpose is to decide how much you can hear, so do the best you can. And don’t gesture at all if you haven’t heard a sound!
Insufficient comprehension of speech in noise is one of the most frequent grievances that hearing professionals receive from their patients. This test examines your capacity to hear speech in such environments. Phrases with keywords are played in quiet and noisy settings, and you’ll be asked to repeat such phrases. Each sentence’s level is changed according to the response of the listener.
A review of your audiogram
An audiogram is a visual representation of your hearing abilities, based on your results. The audiogram tells us whether there is a hearing loss, and if so, the degree and configuration of it. We will discuss your audiogram with you, and if a hearing loss is present, we’ll discuss the next steps.
Hearing aids, which come in various types, models, and technical capacities, are the most common treatment for hearing loss.
Today’s hearing aids are incredibly advanced, with the ability to process sound efficiently and connect to your smartphone wirelessly. No matter the nature of your hearing loss, there are options to accommodate your hearing needs. This is where the information you provided during your consultation comes in handy.
We offer hearing aids for all types of batteries. No matter what your hearing aid, we’re sure to have a size that fits. The running time of batteries varies widely. Depending on the hearing aid, the battery’s power, and the amount the hearing aid is used during the day, a typical ‘zinc-air’ battery lasts anywhere from three to 22 days.
Used for 12 to 16 hours a day, the smallest hearing aid batteries will need to be changed every three to four days, while the larger hearing aid batteries used for only a couple of hours a day won’t need to be changed for several weeks.
Here are some tips to help your hearing aid batteries last longer:
Switch the hearing aid off when it’s not in use to reduce drain.
Store batteries at room temperature.
Clean your hands thoroughly before changing the batteries to remove grease and dirt, which can quickly drain the battery.
Your battery should be removed as soon as it has run out of power. A fully discharged battery can swell and become difficult to remove if left in your hearing aid.
Not all hearing issues can be treated with hearing aids. We are committed to engaging promptly with your entire health care team if the need arises, partnering with them to provide high-quality, coordinated care.
If you believe that you or someone you love has hearing loss, contact us today at DigiCare Hearing Solutions!