A self-assessment is the first step toward diagnosing hearing loss. When it comes to hearing tests and hearing aids, Fredericton residents know that a proper assessment is key. The clinical audiologists of Audiocorp recommend that you ask yourself the following questions.
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If you answer yes to any of the questions listed below, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us.
- Do you feel that people are always mumbling?
- Do you have to strain to hear people talk?
- Do you find yourself following a speaker’s lips more closely?
- Do you struggle to hear people call from behind you or from another room?
- Do you have trouble hearing in noisy environments?
- Do you struggle to keep up with conversation in restaurants, meetings or lectures?
- Do you have issues hearing clearly while on the telephone?
- Are you frequently turning up the television or radio?
- Do you struggle to hear at the theatre, movies or other entertainment venues?
- Are you limiting social activities due to problems hearing and communicating?
- Do your family members, friends or colleagues have to repeat themselves often?
The Hearing Test
- We will visually inspect your ears – your audiologist will look in your ears; your outer ear, ear canal and eardrum with be examined.
- Next, there will be a pressure test to check the flexibility of your eardrum and middle ear function.
- We will then ask you to press a button when you hear a tone to measure how softly you can hear tones of different pitches.
- There will also be a speech test. We will ask you to repeat a series of words that are read to you.
- We will also do speech-in-noise testing
Take Your Time & Make an Educated Decision
Depending on your test results, a hearing aid may be recommended. If you are ready to take this step, we will discuss your options during your initial assessment. We understand that many patients need time to think over the options and we respect your decision. Take your time and do as much research as you need in order to make an educated decision. Learn more about hearing and hearing loss by reading an article from Oticon Canada.