When people lose their hearing, they don’t often realize what they’ve lost until it’s too late. Consider not being able to listen to your favorite songs, or fully enjoy a holiday gathering with your family, or even hear the nature outside when you wake up in the morning. Everyone can benefit from healthy and functional hearing, meaning it’s extremely important to protect it while you have it— and take the right steps if it’s starting to go away. With a personalized hearing assessment by our Doctors of Audiology, we can begin the right treatment plan for you and your lifestyle so you can continue to enjoy your favorite sounds and live your best life for years to come.
What is an Adult Hearing Assessment?
An adult hearing assessment is a process of determining whether you have any hearing impairment and to what degree. There are many different types and causes of hearing loss, so a hearing assessment helps us establish the right care plan for you using tools like hearing aids. Hearing tests are perfectly painless and require only that you listen to your best ability. Your Doctor of Audiology will guide you through each step and assess your results with you so that you understand the next steps in your treatment plan at our Livingston office.
What Happens During an Adult Hearing Assessment?
Your personalized hearing assessment begins with an in-depth discussion with our audiology team. This helps us establish your health history and any factors that might contribute to hearing loss, like your family history, medications, lifestyle, and any injuries or conditions. Many people associate hearing loss with old age, but there are many other causes that virtually anyone can experience. Once we have a complete picture of your health, we’ll perform an examination of your ears and look for any impactions, obstructions, or damage that might be causing hearing loss. Finally, we’ll perform a hearing test to evaluate your hearing at different frequencies and during conversation, as well as how your ear reacts to different degrees of pressure.
Once we have a complete picture of your hearing function, we’ll review the results with an audiogram, or a graph created during your pure-tone hearing test. This helps us see where your hearing isn’t working as it should, and we can use this to begin looking at the best hearing aid options for you— as well as making the right lifestyle adjustments to keep your hearing healthy for the long term.
At our Livingston office, we can perform a QuickSIN™ test to help determine the right hearing aid type for you. This involves allowing you to hear through a variety of hearing aids to find the best fit, level of correction, and comfort for our selection of hearing aid options. Finally, we’ll take your next steps in your hearing aid treatment so you can enjoy your best hearing health.
Why is a Hearing Assessment Important?
Getting your hearing tested is just as important as your regular appointments with your dentist or ophthalmologist. That’s because personalized hearing assessments come with a lot of benefits. This includes:
- Diagnosing certain medical concerns
- Maintaining your brain’s cognitive function
- Reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia
- Tracking changes in your hearing ability
- Preventing further hearing damage or loss
Unfortunately, most people don’t take the steps they should when it comes to getting help for hearing loss. They may even continue putting it off until their degree of hearing loss becomes much worse. For this reason, the sooner you see your Doctor of Audiology for a hearing assessment, the sooner you can act to preserve your hearing ability and take the right steps for your health.
Schedule an Appointment
The best step you can take for your hearing health is meeting with our expert audiology team for a personalized hearing assessment. To get started, we invite you to contact our Livingston office by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
A hearing assessment can take as little as 30 minutes, but our Doctors of Audiology will ensure you have thorough and accurate results. We’ll also go over your treatment plan based on your audiogram so you understand your next steps and ways to optimize your hearing.
There are a number of different tests that can be performed to get a full picture of your hearing ability. Some of the most common include pure-tone testing, tympanometry, speech test, otoacoustic emissions, and many more. Your Doctor of Audiology will determine which ones are right for you during your personalized assessment.
Every infant should have a hearing test soon after birth. However, adults should get their hearing tested at least once in their adult life even if they don’t experience symptoms of hearing loss. If you do start experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, you should see a Doctor of Audiology for a hearing assessment as soon as possible.