Hearing loss is usually very gradual, and that means it’s sometimes hard to identify the symptoms or know when you need testing. But, there are a few changes that can tell you it’s time for a hearing test:
If you or someone you love is concerned that you might have a hearing problem, it’s important to schedule a hearing test with the team at Medical Access promptly.
The team at Medical Access uses a multipart testing process to diagnose hearing loss and other hearing problems, like tinnitus.
Your hearing test typically involves wearing earphones and listening to specific tones. Your provider plays these tones into one ear at a time at different pitches and volumes. You have to confirm whether or not you can hear the tone each time.
This part of the test demonstrates how well you can hear at low and high pitches and whether you have problems hearing loud or quiet sounds. Your provider can also tell if there’s hearing loss in either ear.
Another type of test involves listening to people talking. Again, your provider plays the speech recording into one ear, then the other. The voices are quiet to begin with. You need to try and repeat what was said on the recording.
If you have problems hearing when there’s background noise, part of this test is likely to include trying to repeat the speech you hear in a noisy environment.
No, hearing tests aren’t painful. The medical professionals at Medical Access have a gentle manner and are always happy to answer questions to relieve any concerns you may have.
You don’t need to worry about having a hearing test. There are no right or wrong answers and you don’t pass or fail. The test is just an efficient way to assess your need for help with hearing clearly.
Use the online booking tool or call the Medical Access location nearest you to schedule your appointment now. Walk-in appointments are also available.