Comprehensive Hearing Assessments in Plano, TX

People will prioritize getting their eyes checked, their teeth cleaned, and their physical health examined annually – but when was your last hearing test?

Hearing loss can either be inherited through genetic likelihood or acquired due to a variety of causes; ear trauma due to loud noises, age-related hearing loss, illness, and even some negative reactions to medication can cause hearing loss.

Hearing loss is also gradual and often ignored for a long time – it’s among the reasons why nearly 70% of people with a hearing loss wait up to a decade before taking action to treat their hearing.

Unfortunately, hearing loss only worsens over time as well as affecting your mental health, cognitive functions, and even your balance. The longer you wait, the worse it will get.

Hearing loss often goes unnoticed until it starts to affect your day-to-day life. Struggling to understand what people say, asking loved ones to repeat themselves, turning the volume up to max on your TV or smartphone… There are signs, but people will often ignore them.

Loved ones and friends will notice your hearing struggles before you do. If someone close to you has been telling you to get your hearing checked, chances are you may need it.

What happens during a professional hearing test?

Your audiologist will start your comprehensive hearing assessment with a few questions related to your health, your hearing, and any other relevant information regarding your lifestyle, job, and recreational activities. These questions are to give us some clarity about how you may have developed a hearing loss, whether it be genetic or acquired.

We’ll then go into a physical examination of your ears to search for infection or earwax impaction, which can be another cause for hearing loss. Your audiologist will use an otoscope to check out your ears for any obstructions to the ear canal.

After that preliminary check, we’ll test your ears with a collection of audiometry assessments:

Pure Tone Audiometry, where you’ll be fitted with headphones and asked to respond to tones of various frequencies and volumes
Speech Audiometry, which measures your levels of speech reception and sentence-in-noise testing to see your ability to understand conversational speech
Bone Conduction Audiometry, where we place a device behind the ear that transmits tones into the inner ear
Tympanometry, where we test pressure on your eardrum to evaluate the condition of your middle ear
Otoacoustic Emissions, which measure the response of the hair cells in your inner ear

FAQs

About Comprehensive Hearing Tests

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How long does a hearing test take?

Most hearing assessments take 30-60 minutes to complete.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?

Although not absolutely necessary, hearingh loss may have underlying causes attached, and seeking advice from your doctor could be beneficial

How often do I need a hearing test?

We recommend a hearing test every 2 years, regardless of whether you feel your hearing has changed, or not. However, if you work in an environment where high impact noise levels are present, or do feel your hearing may be deteriorating, we recommend you have a hearing test more frequently.

Will a hearing test be covered by my insurance?

Many insurance providers do cover hearing tests, but not all. It is always best to check the specific details of your policy, to be sure.

I wear hearing aids, can I still have a hearing test?

Absolutely! In fact, because you already wear hearing aids, it is possible that your hearing has changed further still since they were fitted. Not only that, but we can check to make sure your aids are operating to their best ability, helping you to get the best out of them.

Will you explain my results to me?

Yes. You’ll receive your results during the appointment itself, and we’ll explain the next steps and options for you depending on your levels of hearing loss. There, we’ll offer recommendations for how to help your hearing loss: medication changes, surgery for obtrusion removal, and hearing aids.

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If you’ve read to this point and you’re wondering, “Where can I get a hearing test near me?” then look no further – you’re in the right place. Our team at Family Audiology is happy to help you at the beginning of your hearing journey with our top-of-the-line equipment and professionally trained team.

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