The most common audiology test we perform is called a comprehensive audiogram. In a soundproof test booth, you will put on a pair of earphones and listen and respond to a series of sounds of descending volume. At times you will be given prompts to raise your hand, push a button, or repeat what you heard through the earphones. Your results will be recorded on an audiogram and reviewed with you immediately following your test.
Many of us take hearing for granted, but humans are unique in the way we interpret noises from our environment: we are able to utilize cognitive processes (knowledge, memory, and intelligence) with the sensory input we receive. This allows us to communicate, learn, and share thoughts and ideas.
Our peripheral and central nervous system extract and interpret information from multiple, competing sounds in our listening environment, assigning meaning to what might otherwise be considered background clutter. When you suffer from hearing loss, your ability to gauge the meaning of a sound that has been separated from its physical source is compromised, leading to confusion and frustration – proof of the strong correlation between hearing and cognition.
The effects of hearing loss on your health and quality of life can be significant and far-reaching. It can impair the exchange of information, thus significantly impacting everyday life, causing loneliness, isolation, dependence, and frustration.
There is also a link between hearing and balance with multiple studies confirming that untreated hearing loss is linked with imbalance and falls. A 2012 study by Johns Hopkins University determined that even a mild hearing loss triples the risk of falls among the elderly. However, results also suggested that treating hearing loss with hearing devices can help reduce this risk of falling.1
Many people believe that only the elderly experience hearing loss. In truth, hearing loss affects all age groups. According to the Better Hearing Institute, loud noise exposure is the number one cause of hearing loss while only 35% of people with hearing loss are older than age 64.
There Is Hope For Your Hearing
Whether you have a new hearing loss or are ready to get some clarity about a long-standing condition, we are here to help. The diagnosis and treatment of your hearing loss, whether medically or with the use of hearing devices, can help lead you back to the life you want to live. Schedule your hearing evaluation with us by calling 903-291-6300.