A Comprehensive Hearing Assessment Is Your First Step on the Journey to Better Hearing
About 466 million people experience disabling hearing loss worldwide, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that number could grow to more than 900 million by the year 2050.
Most people continue to schedule regular eye exams, dental checkups, annual physicals, and closely monitor their cholesterol and blood pressure, but place a hearing test way down their list of health screening priorities despite these statistics.
Another alarming statistic shows that individuals who have already begun to experience hearing loss wait an average of seven years before scheduling a hearing test.
While they wait, additional damage and the severity of a condition increase as do other negative mental and physical health conditions, affecting relationships, productivity, and their quality of life.
The only way to be sure about whether your hearing has or continues to deteriorate is to measure it with a comprehensive hearing assessment by one of our doctors of audiology at Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center.
They were great helping me get through Medicare and United Health Care red tape and getting as much as they could covered by my insurance. Parking was easy. My wait to see the doctor was short. All in all, it was a really pleasant experience.
What Happens During a Hearing Assessment
A Warm Welcome
Whether it’s your first time in our office or you’re an old pro, our friendly staff will welcome you and help make you comfortable while you wait for your audiologist.
A Friendly Conversation
A Look into Your Ears
Pure Tone Audiometry
Establishing your hearing thresholds, or the softest and loudest sounds you can hear at various frequencies, requires a pure tone audiometry. For this test, your audiologist will seat you in a soundproof booth and fit you with a set of headphones.
You’ll be asked to respond each time you hear the tones transmitted through your headphones. This test not only helps identify specific ranges of hearing loss, but also provides data we use to program your hearing aids, if they are necessary to help you hear better.
Word Recognition Testing
In place of tones, your audiologist will transmit spoken words at various pitches and volumes through your headphones during word recognition testing. You will repeat or respond to whatever you hear in order to help determine how well you understand speech.
This test will include the transmission of background noise along with speech in order to simulate a real-world hearing environment. Along with determining the degree of hearing loss you’re experiencing, the test will help predict how well your ears will perform with amplified speech.
Bone Conduction Testing
A Discussion About Your Results
To wrap up your comprehensive hearing assessment, your audiologist will present you with the results and explain what each test means. Regardless of whether your tests indicate hearing loss, your audiologist will provide you with the various options necessary to protect or improve your hearing, such as hearing protection for work or certain activities and hobbies, changes to medications or lifestyle habits, or the need for hearing aids.
Our best practices include asking for your input during this process, because for us, the foundation of a viable hearing care partnership begins with transparency and trust.
"If you are concerned about your hearing and you do nothing about it, you will live your life always concerned about your hearing."
Suffering from hearing loss since he was 7 years old, Billy has endured a lifetime of hearing loss troubles and mishaps.
From punctured eardrums to fluid building behind his eardrums, his luck was falling short and he was concerned his hearing would never improve.
“I felt comfortable and at ease. The people were nice and were willing to take the time to adjust the hearing aids for me and show me how to maintain them.”
“People were always saying I told you that already. I was missing conversations. My mind would have to decode sometimes what someone would say…
“My audiologist was so knowledgeable it made me feel secure and I knew I had come to the right place.”
“I was having to ask people to repeat things and I found myself turning my TV volume up more and more.
“I was worried that wearing a hearing aid would make me look old…
Don’t wait, it will be a change you would not expect – Debbie’s Story
Debbie first noticed she had an issue with her hearing back in 2009 as her hearing began to affect her day-to-day life.…
I can hear nature sounds & understand conversations better, especially with my grandchildren.
Francine has suffered with hearing problems for years due to tinnitus. As it quickly began to escalate, she realized that she needed urgent attention and soon after she came across Allison Audiology…
Fred first visited an ENT clinic to discuss the tinnitus he was experiencing from time to time.
Following his visit, he was surprised to find out that he needed hearing aids and his hearing was in poor condition…
You cannot find a better place to address your hearing challenges. The staff members treat you like family and will go the extra mile to help you.
Frida has spent much of her life struggling with hearing loss. While it was ignored for many years, it gradually began to affect her everyday life and soon she found it hard to socialise with others...
It’s a very clean office with efficient people. You will never be rushed.
While John’s hearing loss was very sudden, he has been amazed at the difference his hearing aids have made to his hearing:
“I never thought I would need hearing aids but am happy to have them now. I could not hear in a busy environment, but now I can...
Professional approach, friendly testing, and various choices in hearing aids
When Ronald first realized he had a hearing challenge, his biggest worry was the “aggressive selling of hearing aids”, which many large distributors fall under.
To his surprise, his first impressions of Allison Audiology were a “peaceful approach of personnel” that addressed his hearing loss concerns effectively and professionally...
You Ask, We Answer
If you have noticed that a loved one might be developing hearing loss, it can be hard to know exactly what to do next. You’ll want to do the right thing so that they can address the hearing loss quickly before it becomes an issue.
Whether you suspect that there is a problem with your hearing or just want to establish a baseline, booking an appointment with the audiologist is vital. Before your first hearing test, though, you will likely have a number of questions running around your mind.