When Is a Hearing Test Necessary?

When Is a Hearing Test Necessary?

Did you know that one in eight Americans over age 12 have lost some hearing in both ears? Unfortunately, people experiencing hearing loss often wait about seven years before seeking help. But why?

Unlike a painful twist of an ankle or a pounding headache, hearing loss often develops gradually. That makes it much harder to notice a problem in the earliest stages. Fortunately, hearing tests are simple and painless, so there’s no reason to wait to schedule an evaluation.

At Sharp Hearing Care Professionals, our team of highly qualified audiologists provides comprehensive hearing services at four locations in California. If you or someone you love has concerns about hearing loss, here’s when to consider a hearing test.

How hearing loss works

If you associate hearing loss with aging, you’re not alone. And your chances of experiencing hearing loss do increase as you grow older. However, hearing problems can affect people of all ages, especially young people. 

Hearing loss falls into three categories: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed (both conductive and sensorineural). 

Conductive

This form develops because something in the outer or middle ear keeps sound from reaching the inner ear. Common causes of conductive hearing loss include:

In most cases, our team can treat conductive hearing loss with a thorough cleaning, medication, or surgery.

Sensorineural 

When you have sensorineural hearing loss, there’s an issue with the inner ear or your nerve pathway going to the brain. These types of problems often occur from age-related damage, exposure to loud noises, illnesses, genetic conditions, and illnesses or certain medications. 

This type of hearing loss typically benefits from hearing aids.

When to schedule a hearing test

Changes to your hearing can be alarming, but getting your hearing tested can provide solutions. It can be tough to spot the signs of hearing loss until it becomes significant, however, and many people miss the signals until someone else expresses concern.

Common signs of hearing loss can include:

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to schedule a hearing test. 

What to expect during a hearing test

A simple, painless hearing test starts with a review of your medical and family history. Your audiologist also asks you to describe your symptoms, hearing problems, and whether you’ve had exposure to loud sounds.

After gathering this information, your audiologist examines your ears with a tool called an otoscope. This device can detect problems like earwax, ear damage, infection, and other issues that affect your ability to hear. 

The next three components of a basic hearing test are:

Based on these findings, your audiologist could suggest additional screenings before recommending the best course of treatment.

Treating hearing loss

Unfortunately, misconceptions about hearing aids often keep people from getting treatment for hearing-related issues. However, these devices have seen dramatic technological improvements in recent years, resulting in barely visible options that connect to Bluetooth.

If your hearing test indicates an issue that can benefit from hearing aids, we can offer customized suggestions to help you get the best results in any given environment. Sharp Hearing Care Professionals also offers a 60-day free trial period, free in-house service for the life of your device, and free house calls, so you can rest easy knowing your hearing is in the best hands moving forward.

Are you worried that you have hearing loss? That’s the main reason to schedule a hearing test. Contact Sharp Hearing Care Professionals to schedule a hearing evaluation in Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and Tarzana, California, today.

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