A hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. A hearing instrument specialist will perform the hearing evaluation in their office.
Hearing tests are used to determine if a person’s ability to hear is declining and the severity of the issue. Often, it is the next step after failing a basic screening. Wesson Hearing Aid Center offers a variety of hearing tests to ensure we get to the bottom of any problems you’re experiencing. By prioritizing accuracy, all related hearing tests provide useful feedback for treatment.
Hearing Wellness Evaluation
Creating a patient’s hearing profile is the best way to understand how hearing loss affects their normal life. A hearing evaluation consists of any of the following tests: pure-tone, bone conduction, air conduction, speech reception and speech testing. That is just a small sample of the tests that patients can expect when going for an evaluation. Case history based on former health issues will change, which tests are expected during the evaluation. If an underlying condition is the cause of hearing loss, then appropriate actions can be taken for a referral.
Ultimately, the goal of a hearing evaluation is to get a clear picture of the cause and severity of hearing loss. Once that information is collected, treatment options are explored based on the results of the evaluation. All hearing problems are not permanent, and some can be resolved with normal ear cleaning methods. If hearing aids are required, hearing instrument specialists will always provide recommendations.
Industrial hearing screening
A hearing evaluation is different from a screening. The latter uses a simple pass or fail system to determine if a client needs a full evaluation. For certain jobs, this is a requirement to test worker stability in a high noise environment. Part of it is related to job healthcare costs, but there is also the danger aspect of having degraded hearing while working. In a high noise environment with machinery and other workers, having poor hearing can be a liability. That is why some states mandate the screening as part of an overall wellness program.
The screening is usually done onsite and tests for normal hearing functions. Using a series of beeps and sounds through a headset, the hearing instrument specialist determines hearing ability across several pitches. Although the screening is thorough, it can’t give an accurate percentage of hearing loss. The only thing the screening can do is recommend further evaluation at a later date
The hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. The results of this test will provide the hearing instrument specialist with the details they need to accurately recommend the proper treatment.