If you have a hard time distinguishing conversations in crowds, constantly turn the television volume up, or have a hard time hearing very high or low sounds, you may be experiencing hearing loss. Lack of hearing can affect your social life as well as your safety; it’s important to have it checked and corrected if it’s happening to you. The first step is to make an appointment with a hearing professional to determine how well your hearing works.
Diagnosing hearing loss happens after a series of tests and examinations. It will begin with a physical examination to look for infection, congenital defects, or a buildup of earwax, all of which can affect your hearing. After that, the hearing professional will give you the following:
- A general hearing test that consists of covering one ear and then the other to see if you can hear conversation in only one ear
- A tuning fork test that can vibrate certain parts of your inner ear and can reveal hearing loss
- Audiometer tests given with headphones, during which different sounds will be directed toward one ear at a time
Hearing Loss Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, there is a wide variety of treatment options you can try. If your hearing is affected by a blockage of earwax, the doctor will soften and remove the earwax to improve your hearing. Hearing aids are among the most common devices used to improve hearing, and these devices give good results for a large percentage of patients. If your hearing loss is due to repeated infections or traumatic damage, surgical procedures may be the answer. And for those with the most severe hearing loss, cochlear implants are giving amazing results for those who never thought they’d hear again, or even for the first time.
Any hearing loss solution begins with a thorough hearing examination. To begin your journey to improved hearing, contact U.S. Hearing Solutions to make a free appointment today.