By Jamie King / LipreadingMom.com Guest Blogger
For many people, losing hearing or going deaf is a great fear. Losing your ability to hear is no walk in the park. Just imagine not being able to hear birds singing outside your bedroom window in the morning, or being unable to tell that your child is telling you how much he or she loves you.
That is why you should go and get a hearing health check, even if you don’t think you need one. It is especially important to book an appointment with an audiologist if you are actively worrying about the current state of your hearing – if you’ve been turning the volume on the TV up higher lately, or if you’ve had to ask people to speak up more than usual.
A hearing test is really nothing to be scared of or ashamed about: the process is simple, free, and painless. It is as easy as a normal check-up with your GP; you have nothing to lose.
This article will run you through the two types of hearing test appointments; use it to get yourself fully informed before going down to the nearest audiologist.
Hearing Health Check Procedure
Of the two, the health check is the quicker. It should only take up about fifteen minutes, so it is super speedy. To reiterate, it’s completely free, so you don’t have to worry about money. You should book a simple hearing health check if you’ve never had a hearing test before.
The appointment is merely a quick check over the health of both your ears, followed by a basic hearing test. You’ll wear a pair of headphones and have a series of sounds played to you through them; all you have to do is respond when you hear them.
That is pretty much the entire appointment over and done with. You’ll finish up by having a quick chat with the audiologist, where you’ll find out if you need to take a full hearing test or if you’ve got the all clear.
Full Hearing Test Procedure
The full procedure is also a free hearing test, but it will take quite a bit longer than the quick appointment, totaling somewhere around the sixty minute mark. This is because there is more to run through, but it’s still really simple.
You will start off with a simple chat with the audiologist, discussing the state of your hearing and talking about your health, and any parts of your life which may be affecting your hearing, such as loud noises at your place of work. This, as well as the history of any prior problems, will help inform your audiologist about any possible causes.
You’ll then have your ears looked in to, to see if there is an infection or obstruction (such as excessive wax) that could be affecting your hearing, followed by the full hearing test. This is a more in-depth version of the hearing check; you’ll be asked to press a button whenever you hear a sound, and to respond to any verbal communication.
The audiologist will plot your results in an audiogram; this will show your hearing levels. You’ll then have a follow-up chat, where you’ll either be given the all-clear or recommended further action. That’s all there is to it!
Jamie King is a hearing care writer for Boots Hearingcare.
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