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Professional Comprehensive Hearing Assessments in Your Home
The World Health Organization reports that hearing loss is the third most common physical health condition in the US, predicting that the number of people affected by it will double in the next 30 years. Most people make regular dental check-ups, eye exams, blood pressure checks, and annual physicals a priority but tend to put off hearing tests in spite of its growing risks.
Because it is difficult to notice the gradual, day-to-day development of hearing loss, millions of people continue to go about their daily routine with undiagnosed and deteriorating hearing loss. A comprehensive hearing assessment serves as a gateway to identifying your hearing loss and providing the best solution. For this reason, regular hearing tests should be ranked higher on your list of healthcare priorities.
Audiology On Call makes it easier and more convenient to add regular hearing assessments to your proactive health regimen by sending our mobile hearing professionals to your home. We bring all of the expertise and equipment in order to conduct a comprehensive hearing assessment in the comfort and convenience of your home.
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What to Expect During Your In-Home Hearing Assessment
You might hesitate to have your hearing tested because you do not know what to expect. Our mobile hearing professional conducts a non-intrusive, quick, and easy assessment that requires about half an hour to complete. Your hearing assessment can be broken down into four parts.
#1 – Initial Consultation
We’ll start your assessment with a conversation about your family history, medications you take, your occupation, hobbies, and common activities you enjoy along with listening to your concerns in regard to your hearing issues. The information provided during this conversation allows us to identify various environmental, genetic, medical, and lifestyle activities that might contribute to your condition. This information and test results are factors considered in your treatment options as well. If available, it is often a good idea to have someone who is very well acquainted with your condition with you to help fill in information you might omit.
#2 – Physical Examination Of Your Ears
After our conversation, your mobile hearing professional will conduct a physical examination of your ears using an otoscope. You are already familiar with this instrument, which is a magnifying glass with a tapered tip and a tiny light, used by various doctors to examine your ears. The otoscope helps to identify growths or tumors in the ear canal as well as wax, and other obstructions that reduce the capacity of your ears to conduct sound to the middle and inner ear.
#3 – Hearing Tests
The third phase of your hearing assessment is the part most often associated with hearing tests. For these tests our professional will make sure that you are comfortable before conducting a series of tests, which might include any or all of the following:
- Pure-tone testing, air conduction testing, or simply a “hearing test” includes the transmission of sounds through the headphones to your outer and middle ear. This test allows us to identify the quietest sound you can hear at different pitches or frequencies. Testing may include testing one ear at a time to identify the specific hearing threshold for each ear as well as for both ears.
- Speech in noise testing, this test is administered using earphones and looks at how you understand words whilst background sounds are playing. Difficulty understanding speech when background noise is a factor is one of the most common complaints that people have when they start to notice decreased hearing ability and the results from our speech in noise test are an important part of our recommendations.
- Speech recognition tests go beyond measuring sound frequency thresholds in order to evaluate your ability to discriminate between spoken words at various frequencies and volumes as well as in various environmental conditions and background noises from silent to extremely loud. Your capacity to repeat the words and/or phrases helps to further clarify your hearing thresholds in real-world application.
- Bone conduction tests make use of a different type of headset, known as a bone vibrator. Using this headset to transmit sounds directly to the inner ear, our mobile professional bypasses the conductive pathways of the outer and middle ear to determine whether your hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural in nature. Sounds heard at equal volume levels using both pure-tone and bone conduction tests indicate sensorineural loss.
In some unique cases, the above tests will lead our mobile hearing professional to recommend other tests or refer you to a doctor or specialist for additional testing and/or treatment.
#4 – Discussion Of Results
After completing the series of tests, your mobile hearing professional will discuss the results of your hearing assessment. During this conversation, you will learn the extent of your hearing loss as well as available options for treating your condition. Your input is an essential and valuable part of this discussion because it helps us to develop a treatment plan that meets your hearing needs as well as fitting your personal preferences and lifestyle concerns.
Hearing aids are often the right solution to meet your hearing loss needs, but they are not the only solution we provide. Our hearing professionals also provide additional forms of support, such as ear wax removal, or tinnitus management as well as referrals to other doctors and specialists for additional specialized treatment. If your test results indicate no permanent hearing loss, we can also recommend hearing protection or educate you on preventative measures to prevent future damage to your hearing.
How Do We Carry Out Hearing Tests at Home?
Dr. Kelli Smith explains how the hearing care professionals at Audiology on Call carry out comprehensive hearing assessments from the comfort of your own home.
Schedule Your At-Home Hearing Assessment
Your first vital step toward regaining the independent and rewarding lifestyle you are missing due to hearing loss is a hearing assessment.
If you or a loved one do not seem to be hearing as well as you used to, schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment, which our mobile hearing professional will conduct in the comfort of your home.
Complete the form on this page or call us at (833) 244-3275 and one of our friendly team will arrange a convenient time for your assessment.