Who Should Be Given an Audiology Evaluation?
An audiology (or hearing) evaluation can benefit patients of all ages, even those who do not exhibit signs of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a progressive condition that often develops slowly. Many people are not aware of a change in their hearing because they gradually adapt to the subtle changes in their hearing ability over time. Studies indicate that it takes seven years, on average, for a hearing impaired individual to seek treatment.
An audiology evaluation should be the first course of action for anybody who even suspects a hearing loss. The sooner a diagnosis of hearing loss is made, the more successful treatment will be. Early detection means more options for the patient.
Many physicians urge making audiology evaluations a routine part of your overall health care, much like regular vision exams and dental checkups. They are quick, painless and provide immediate results.
Online Hearing Screening
Our online hearing screening measures how well you can hear different sounds and is used to determine if you may have hearing loss in as little as five minutes.
After reviewing your demographic information, the online hearing screener asks you questions about how you perceive your hearing in different environments and conditions.
Next is the hearing check portion of the exam. Headphones are required and we recommend completing the screening in a quiet location. A variety of tones are played through the headphones while you answer queries about each sound. The test is then repeated in your other ear.
The results of your online hearing screening are separated out by ear and indicate where your hearing ability falls on a spectrum from significant loss to good hearing. This information can be used by your audiologist to order a comprehensive set of hearing tests. Once your exact type, degree and configuration of hearing loss has been determined, a treatment plan can be customized to fit your unique needs.