The first step on your route to better hearing health is getting a hearing evaluation, and there is no getting around this step in most cases. Because there are so many different types and reasons for hearing loss, purchasing hearing aids will almost certainly be a waste of your time and money without first receiving a proper assessment and diagnosis.

Never attempt to obtain hearing aids without first gaining an awareness of your hearing loss and any underlying medical conditions that are interfering with your ability to hear.

What is the Purpose of Hearing Tests?

In the same way, purchasing a car without first obtaining a driver’s license is like purchasing a hearing aid without first having a hearing test. You’ve skipped over an important step! You may have a gorgeous car lying in your driveway, but if you fail your driving test, you will be unable to utilize it, or worse, you may crash into anything while driving it.

Rather than purchasing a hearing aid without first undergoing a hearing evaluation, you should have a hearing evaluation performed to identify which hearing device will best assist you in overcoming your hearing loss. Consider the possibilities if there was a driving exam that could tell you which car best suited your abilities, requirements, and tastes! There would almost certainly be a significant reduction in traffic accidents.

To determine the kind and severity of your hearing loss, you will need to have a full diagnostic hearing test performed by an audiologist. Some types of hearing loss are not compatible with the standard hearing aids that you might be considering purchasing, so it’s always crucial to consult your audiologist.

Hearing aids are designed to treat most instances of hearing loss. There are several different sizes and styles, including these common five:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • In the canal (ITC)

Your audiologist will provide you with the guidance you need to make the best choice for your personal circumstances.

The auditory system is complex, and although our ears may detect sound, it is our brain that is responsible for processing it. Some persons may undergo a hearing test and discover that their hearing is within the normal range or that their hearing loss is not as bad as they had previously believed. This is where a comprehensive hearing examination and competent audiogram interpretation are essential.

When a complete diagnostic hearing test is performed, it can also signal the need for additional testing to rule out the medical causes of the hearing loss. Not all hearing loss is caused by old age (in fact, old age is not always a source of hearing loss) or noise exposure (although these are all factors).

It is always recommended that hearing asymmetrical loss (worse in one ear than the other), and accompanied by vertigo (a sensation of rotational spinning and nausea), aural fullness (a sensation of having your ears blocked), or asymmetrical tinnitus (ringing that is worse in one ear than the other) be investigated further.

Do You Have A Blockage in Your Ears?

You want to make sure that your hearing loss is not just due to earwax obstruction before proceeding. In most cases, your general practitioner or audiologist (hearing care professional) can examine your ears for wax, which can be removed by syringing or suction. However, wax typically needs to be softened beforehand to make it easier and less unpleasant to remove.

Do you suffer from tinnitus?

When a person has tinnitus, they may hear a persistent ringing or hear a constant noise in their ears. In such circumstances, the use of an appropriate hearing aid can aid in reducing the perception of certain noises in the environment. In contrast, hearing loss caused by old age or loud exposure may need the use of a whole other type of hearing aid. Either way, a hearing test is essential to identify which device is most appropriate for your needs.

There are many various types and styles of hearing aids available, as well as many different levels of technological sophistication. Not every hearing aid is appropriate for every type of hearing loss and every level of hearing loss. Before recommending a hearing aid, your audiologist will take into consideration the type of hearing loss you are experiencing.

If you think that you may have hearing loss or are thinking about purchasing hearing you can learn more from Your Hearing Connection by contacting us at 626-538-9920.

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