Having your hearing tested is something that often gets overlooked. In our culture these days, it’s common to make light of family members or friends that are experiencing hearing issues.

While this can be fun for some, I assure you it is not fun for the person on the butt-end of those quips.

As we use technology more and more in our everyday lives, including phones, TVs, and headphones, our hearing is more at risk than ever. Getting a hearing test cannot only help solve problems but also prevents them.

Let’s celebrate Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day by ensuring the men in your life are taking good care of their hearing. We want them to have a long life of healthy hearing and not miss a thing.

Key Indicators That You Have Hearing Problems

Identifying hearing loss is the first step to addressing the issue. Here are a few situations that you may have found yourself in when dealing with hearing loss.

  • Media — Requesting that the TV or radio volume be turned up is commonly found as an initial sign of hearing loss.
  • Regular Conversation — If you’re continuously asking everyone to repeat themselves or blaming others for not speaking loud enough.
  • Social Cues — Audible signaling is a part of life that we all take for granted. Someone saying your name should always get your attention.
  • Difficulty Walking — Using our senses is how we navigate the world. When one of those senses is diminished, it becomes harder to perform basic tasks.
  • Avoidance — By removing yourself from situations, you make a conscious effort to avoid scenarios where hearing may be difficult.

Why Is Getting An Assessment So Important?

There are many reasons why regular hearing assessments are important, but let me start with the most important one.

We want to establish a benchmark so we can monitor how fast your hearing is declining. Due to aging, we all experience some sense of diminished hearing but at many different rates of speed.

Even if you think your hearing is in top form, we recommend a hearing assessment to see where you stand currently. Then we have a basis of which to measure against in the future.

Also, addressing hearing problems early on will ensure a higher rate of success at a minimal cost. The longer a problem has had a chance to set in, the harder it becomes to treat and live with. The easiest way to avoid this pitfall is to have assessments done early and regularly.

What Is A Hearing Assessment?

Our hearing assessments are a quick and non-invasive way to get the information we need to diagnose a problem if a problem exists. As I mentioned earlier, even if there is no problem, it is good for us to know how you normally hear it so if a problem does arise, we can trace it back.

First, we like to have a conversation regarding your hearing environments. This is of great value when choosing a hearing device since we can customize the device to optimize your specific surroundings.

For example, if you work in a steel mill where loud noise is constant, then your needs will differ from someone who works in a library.

Next, we will have a look inside your ears. Sometimes problems are caused by a physical impediment such as impacted earwax or growth blocking the ear canal.

Going into the sound booth is the last step of the procedure. We will play some sounds for you at varying frequencies. All you have to do is tell us what you hear. This really gives us a detailed blueprint of how you hear and the interaction between your ears and brain.

Bonus Information

If left untreated, hearing loss cannot only progress but affect other aspects of your health as well. Cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, is linked to prolonged cases of hearing loss.

We make it easy to schedule your hearing assessment, and our professional team of knowledgeable specialists is very passionate about improving your hearing.

We don’t want you to miss anything.

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Roshelle Leilua, BC-HIS

Roshelle Leilua has worked for the House of Hearing since 2010. She is a nationally board-certified hearing instrument specialist. Her interest in this field comes from having many friends who are hard of hearing and deaf for whom she learned basic sign language communication. She enjoys the personal relationships she has from working with her patients regularly.