When you visit the audiologist for a hearing test, then it may be obvious that you have concerns about your hearing. However, if you’ve never experienced one before, then you might not know what to expect or just how helpful they can be. Here, we’re going to look at a few facts about hearing tests that more patients should know.

No matter your age, you should have one

Age-related hearing loss might be the most common type of the condition, but it’s not the only one. Many lose their hearing partially due to noise exposure, illness, injury, and other circumstances. Furthermore, even if there’s no discernible problem with your hearing, having a test to set a baseline can be very helpful in the future. It gives you and your audiologist a “default” to compare future tests to be, so they can be more specific in diagnosing hearing loss.

Hearing loss can be difficult to diagnose without help

If you’ve ever experienced a temporary loss of hearing clarity, which can happen when you have a little more earwax than usual or are on a plane, then you might think that hearing loss would be easily noticed. However, it can be a lot slower acting and more gradual, making it difficult to realize that you could be living with it. For that reason, a hearing test can help clarify things.

They explain your hearing health in detail

The hearing test process is painless and non-invasive, but it is highly technical. You carry out a range of tests during which you listen to and respond to noises and speech at different tones, volume levels, pitches, and levels of background noise. By completing these tests, the audiologist can also complete an audiogram. Audiograms show the complete range of your hearing, allowing you to understand any kind of hearing loss much better.

Needing a hearing test does not mean you need a hearing aid

If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the most effective treatment is often a hearing aid. However, you should not assume that you’re going to need a hearing aid just because you might need a hearing test. Even if you do, there’s nothing to fear in discovering it. The sooner you start treating your hearing loss, the better you are able to stop it from progressing.

A hearing test can discover more than hearing loss

A hearing test can potentially diagnose a whole range of issues outside of hearing loss. Your audiologist may also be looking for issues with wax or eczema, risks of infection, skin problems, and much more. Audiologists are experts in ear health, not just hearing health, and can help make sure that you get the all-clear for healthy ears now and then, as well.

If you want to know more about hearing tests, hearing loss, and how we treat it, don’t hesitate to get in touch. When it comes to your hearing and ear health, there’s no-one who can help you protect it like an audiologist.