You may be wondering how bad your hearing loss is, or doing research online for a loved one. Chances are yo...
You may be wondering how bad your hearing loss is, or doing research online for a loved one. Chances are you've come across an online hearing test, hearing loss quiz, or something that of nature. These online tests can be a helpful tool for getting the conversation started and going to find a solution - we even have one of our own. However, these online hearing tests should never be used to replace the in-person hearing test you get from a certified hearing professional.
An audiologist is trained on the best practices for testing a patient's hearing ability. You will be placed into a sound-treated booth with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, through which a series of tones will be played. The result of your hearing test is called an audiogram. This will tell your local professional which frequency ranges you have more difficulty hearing in. An audiogram is a chart of your hearing loss degeneration, with frequency on the x-axis and and decibel level on the y-axis.
While hearing loss is extremely common, it is not something to be taken lightly when looking for a solution. Hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, one that does not come cheaply. Make sure you're getting a professional opinion before making any decisions on hearing aids. There is a significant difference between a device that has been fitted to accommodate your unique hearing needs and one that has not.
“Hi I’m Dr. Parrish, and this is Fact or Fiction with SayWhat.
Today’s topic is: ‘Online hearing tests are just as good as those that you receive at a hearing center’ – fact or fiction? This is fiction. An online hearing test will give you an idea of how well you’re hearing, however in order to get the whole picture, you would want to go into your local hearing center and get tested by a professional with the proper equipment.”
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