Multiple studies have shown that even mild hearing loss can lead to very serious effects on your health. Roughly 40 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe. In adults 50 and over, most hearing problems develop slowly over time as a part of the aging process, making hearing loss hard to detect. That’s why medical professionals recommend annual hearing screenings as part of your routine health care. Early detection is best to treat and prolong better hearing.
Individuals that leave hearing loss untreated and do not seek appropriate care are prone to suffer from many conditions and situations including:
- Social isolation
- Workplace difficulties
- Cognitive decline
- An increased risk of dementia
- Additional stress
Yet many people who begin to experience hearing problems ignore or avoid testing and assistance, sometimes for years! And most doctors do not regularly perform hearing evaluations as part of a physical exam, so many assume their situation is nothing to worry about. But research shows baseline hearing screenings are critical to identifying a hearing loss early.
Beltone Comprehensive Hearing Test
Beltone is proud to offer hearing tests that are comprehensive, thorough, comfortable and free. Beltone hearing tests begin with an in-depth personalized hearing health assessment that allow us to get to know you as a person. A medical history review provides insight into common conditions and medications that may be contributing to hearing loss. Then, our state-of-the art hearing testing technology leads to the most accurate results presented on an audiogram. All of this information is presented to you in detail, and allows our hearing care professionals to recommend the best hearing solution to fit your needs. If you do no have hearing loss, we will be the first to share the good news!
What To Expect
We begin with a personalized hearing health assessment (PHHA). This is a series of questions about your habits, lifestyle, and your medical history that lets our Beltone hearing care professionals build a framework to understand your hearing care needs and what is important to you. For example, do you enjoy dining out in restaurants and frequent noisy places? Enjoy music or spend lots of time with grandkids? Love the outdoors?
Video Ear Scan
The first part of the hearing screening process begins with a video otoscope. The video otoscope allows the practitioner to see the inside of your ear canal and eardrum, right on a computer screen. This scan is useful in quickly identifying issues or obstructions that might be impairing your hearing, such as earwax or ear infections. The video ear scan is completely painless and non-invasive.
Utilizing computerized equipment we’ll pinpoint the extent and type of hearing loss present by testing how well you hear a range of sounds including:
- Tone and speech testing
- Air and bone conduction testing
- Word discrimination testing
Hearing Test Results
After the test is complete, your hearing care professional will guide you through your audiogram results and share what you’re hearing and what you’re missing. Should a hearing loss be present, a hearing aid solution will be presented to you. You can even try the recommended solution right there in the office, with your personal setting programmed in. Our exclusive Beltone AVE™ system gives you the opportunity to test out Beltone hearing aids in everyday situations to hear the difference for yourself. We can even simulate your hearing loss so your spouse or loved one is able to understand what hearing challenges are faced everyday.
Ready To Take The First Step?
Even a small decline can be a sign that you should find out more about your hearing. Make the right choice today by calling us at (888) 575-2360 or contact us to schedule your free hearing test with one of our six East Texas locations.