If you or someone you know might have a hearing loss, you are not alone. More than 5% of the world's population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss. But did you know that even a small degree of hearing loss can dramatically interfere with one’s ability to enjoy life? That’s because hearing loss isn’t “all or nothing” - and different levels of hearing loss can impact us, and our loved ones, in powerful ways.
That’s where we come in. Our NY audiology practice is focused on helping people hear better. We've seen firsthand the toll hearing loss can take on people and their families. As a result, we are committed to doing right by our patients, and our #1 goal is to help them overcome those challenges so they can enjoy more complete and satisfying lives. Through our professional and advanced Audiological Evaluations, we will determine the nature and severity of your hearing loss - which helps us design a treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Audiological Evaluations are the preferred method for diagnosing levels of hearing loss.
Although a hearing screening can alert you to potential hearing problems, a full hearing evaluation performed by a licensed provider is needed to fully understand and address hearing loss effectively. This is because hearing screenings are basic "pass or fail" tests that quickly determine if your hearing levels are normal. You've probably had one of these tests as a student or during a PCP visit. While these screenings can raise a red flag on some problems, they'll never help your doctor determine the type or degree of hearing loss you’re living with.
That's where the audiological evaluation comes in. Also known as a hearing evaluation or hearing exam, this comprehensive examination is performed by a licensed audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. It includes a review of your case history, several in-depth tests, and a comparison of your results to normal, age-appropriate hearing levels. The results of the tests will determine whether your hearing loss is a result of problems in the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, or a combination. It will also give your provider insight into what your best treatment plan will be.
Yes! Proper audiological testing is also helpful in diagnosing specific types of hearing loss, which may include:
Audiological exams will also help your doctor decide what treatment to move forward with - medical treatment, hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing systems, or cochlear implants.
Often, years will go by before you actually realize you have hearing loss. Since the changes happen slowly, most people won't notice them for a long time. Chances are that if you suspect you might have hearing loss, you probably do - especially if you've noticed one or more of the following:
The specific tests performed during your evaluation will depend on your age and what is known already about your hearing issues. With that in mind, here are some of the tests that may be needed during an audiological evaluation:
Sometimes hearing loss is severe and rapid. If you notice your hearing deteriorating quickly, we encourage you to get it tested as soon as possible. Potential causes for sudden hearing loss can be due to illness or severe stress.
That’s fine! We’ll be glad to answer them during your next visit or by phone. Never hesitate to ask your audiologist for clarification or further information on anything you do not understand about your ears and hearing!