Hearing loss is an epidemic in America, with the number of cases more than doubling in the past three decades.
Though an estimated 36 million people across the country suffer from impaired hearing, only 20% of those who would benefit from hearing loss treatment actually get it. Most of the 29 million Americans suffering from untreated hearing loss aren’t neglecting their health; rather, they are unaware that their hearing is impaired.
For the people of Spokane, hearing tests are the first step in ensuring you are in control of your hearing health. Everyone—infants, children, teens and adults alike—should get regular hearing assessments every few years. Additionally, it is strongly recommend annual or biennial hearing tests for Spokane patients over the age of 50.
The Importance of Hearing tests
You probably know that hearing loss affects your ability to communicate and engage in social activities, but did you know its effects are actually much more serious and widespread than that? Untreated hearing loss has been tied to many mental and physical health problems, including:
- Declining strength and physical wellness
- Serious illnesses requiring hospitalization
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Sadness and depression
- Worry and anxiety
- Less social activity
- Emotional turmoil and insecurity
For those whose hearing loss is treated, the reported benefits include:
- Improved relationships with family members and loved ones
- Elevated positive feelings and self-esteem
- Improved mental health
- Greater independence and security
What to Expect at a Hearing Evaluation
Hearing evaluation appointments with CHC are fast, simple and painless. They are designed to assess the sensitivity of your hearing and reveal the type, extent and frequency of a hearing loss if one is detected. It will also guide your hearing professional in developing an effective treatment plan.
There are several different tests used to evaluate hearing in Spokane patients. Your Board Certified, hearing instrument specialist will choose which tests to administer depending on your medical history and your answers to a series of preliminary hearing health questions. Some of the most common hearing tests are:
- Audiometry Test
- Bone Conduction Test
- Word Recognition Test
The results of your hearing evaluation, which should take under an hour to complete, will be charted on an audiogram, analyzed by your Board Certified, hearing instrument specialist and clearly explained after testing. You will learn whether you have trouble hearing high or low frequency sounds, and your hearing loss will be categorized into one of seven severities ranging from normal to profound. Please give us a call today if you would like to schedule a personal hearing evaluation in with CHC.