Do You Need A Hearing Test?
Your hearing is a precious gift – one that is very important to take care of. It is crucial to have your hearing checked periodically. There are several levels of hearing evaluation, from a basic hearing test to more complex diagnostic tests for specific problems.
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To test the quality of each patient’s hearing, we use the latest in hearing technology to examine and diagnose loss. The personalized touch of Mid America Audiology Group allows our audiologists to work one-on-one with each patient and find the best fit for their lifestyle needs. We listen to your needs and concerns and will work with you through the process of finding the best hearing solution.
Step One: The Consultation
For any new patients, the consultation is a one-on-one discussion with the audiologist. The discussion includes medical and family history, questions, concerns, and goals for your hearing. Following this initial visit, it is important to meet with the audiologists for follow-up appointments to discuss goals, changes, or concerns.
Here are some questions that the audiologist may ask you:
- Has anyone else in your family had hearing loss?
- Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
- Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?
- In what types of situations do you find you are experiencing the greatest difficulty with your hearing?
- In what types of situations do you wish you could hear better?
Step Two: The Examination
After the consultation, the audiologist will exam the outer ear, ear canal, and ear drum. This is to see if there is any damage or debris that might be causing the patient’s hearing difficulties. We will use a magnifying instrument called an otoscope to painlessly exam the ear during this time.
Step Three: The Testing
After the examination is complete, we will run you through three audio tests. The tests will give us clearly documented results to determine the severity of your hearing loss. Depending on the patient’s situation, the audiologist may not need to run all three tests or additional testing. Listed below are the three initial examinations we give.
1. Audiometric Pure Tone Evaluation:
The purpose of this test is to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
2. Speech Evaluation:
The purpose of this test is to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
3. Immittance Middle-Ear Evaluation:
The purpose of this test is to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.
Step Four: Hearing Solutions for You
During this final step, we will exame your hearing test results and discuss the best hearing solutions for you. Our audiologists will work to find the best solution possible to fit your hearing, lifestyle, and budget needs. Here are the some of the options discussed during this step.
Amplification with hearing aids is the preferred treatment. For most types of hearing loss, hearing aids can provide significant improvements in an individual’s ability to communicate effectively.
Today’s digital hearing aids come in a variety of designs (including invisible-in-the canal models) with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs.
Assistive Listening Devices
ALDs are specialized hearing technologies that help people with all degrees of hearing loss. These devices can facilitate face-to-face communication and improved experience with media such as televisions and telephones adapted to help the hearing impaired.
Surgery & Implants
Mid America Audiology Group does not do any types of surgery or place implants. However, we can work together with your specialist to find the best solution for you. More severe hearing losses may benefit from devices surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. Typically, these are most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing-impaired people who are unable to achieve sufficient benefit from hearing aids.
A few examples of surgical implants:
- Cochlear Implants
- Middle Ear Implants
- Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
- Auditory Brainstem Implants