Do you need a hearing test? If your doctor says you do, or you believe there is a risk to your ability to hear, then you should not put off getting additional help and information. A screening like this only takes a short amount of time. Once it is done, you will have the information you need to know what is happening and what you can do about it. Many people need to have these tests done on a regular basis, especially if their living or working conditions put them in harm’s way on a regular basis. However, no matter why you need one, you should not put off getting one.
Once you schedule a hearing test, you will be able to quickly move through the process to learn more about what is happening. In general, these tests only take a few minutes to complete. Your doctor or specialist will look extensively at the structural components of the ears to determine if there are any limitations or problems. Then, a device is placed on your head over the ears. You will be instructed to respond in some specific way when you hear something. This type of testing is thorough and provides a good idea of what is happening.
The results of a hearing test will provide a great deal of information to you and to your doctor. It can answer many of the questions you may have. These include the following:
- Do you have any abnormal loss?
- If you do have some loss, where is it occurring?
- If you have some loss, how extensive is it?
- Do you need to seek out any type of treatment (which may be necessary if there are structural or illness-related problems to your ability to hear)?
- Will a hearing device help you to improve your loss, if you do have any?
- Why did this condition occur, if it did?
- What can you do to prevent further loss?
- Will the condition worsen?
- When do you need additional screening?
It is a good time for you to ask questions, too. You will want to know what your options are, as well as what you are likely to experience going forward. A hearing test provides answers to questions while also giving you some idea of what to expect in the years to come. If there is any risk to your ability to hear, you will want to know about it so that something can be done to slow the progression. If there is no risk and your ears are healthy, then you can feel confident moving forward.