Hearing aids can revolutionize your life. Yes, you read that right! It might seem like a lot of effort to go to just in order to hear a little better, but they can make so many little tiny differences to your life that you’ll genuinely be much happier with one than without. And when you get one, you’ll wonder why you took so long picking one out! So if you need hearing aids Florence, Colorado, take a look at our post below—it explains everything you need to know about getting a hearing aid test, as well as which hearing aids you might like to pick. Read on!
Need hearing aids Florence, Colorado? Then it’s time for a hearing test…
If you think you’ve been losing your hearing, then come and see us for a hearing exam. There are a few different kinds of hearing test, but the most common is pure tone audiometry. This measures what’s called the air and bone conduction thresholds for each of your ears, using a range of sound frequencies. In plain English, this means that your audiologist will play a series of sounds at different frequencies—pitches—to see if there is any one frequency you have difficulty hearing. Frequencies include:
- Low frequencies. The murmur of conversation at a dinner party is an example of a low frequency sound.
- Medium frequencies. This is normal conversation.
- High frequencies. These are high pitched, sharp sounds like birdsong.
Hearing loss can affect certain frequencies, but not others. For example, if you worked in a factory with a lot of throbbing and humming machinery, you might have low frequency hearing loss. If you listened to music on earphones for your entire life, you might have high frequency hearing loss. It’s important to identify which kind of hearing loss you have, so that you can get a hearing aid that works.
How Does It Work?
The test works like this. You’re sat down, normally in a sound-proof testing booth. You have earphones that you put on which block out any extra external sound that you might hear, and which might affect the test. Your audiologist will then play tones at different frequencies, and you’ll tell them whether you can hear the tone or not. Your audiologist will also play sounds at different volumes to assess your hearing.
This audiometric test will determine how bad your hearing loss, and how exactly your sense of hearing has been negatively affected. This will inform the process of choosing a hearing aid. In other words, it’ll help you pick a hearing aid that really works for you.
What Else Could It Be?
So, just because you can’t hear very well, that doesn’t mean that your hearing has been damaged. The problem could actually be as simple as compacted ear wax! This is where somebody has difficulty getting rid of their ear wax, and over time, it hardens up and plugs your ears.
Needless to say, this can negatively affect your ability to hear. If this is the case, all you have to do is see an ENT who can clear the ear wax out for you. Alternatively, there are home remedies that you can use like olive oil which will soften the wax and help it come out.
Alternatively, you might not actually have hearing loss at all. It’s easy to overestimate how much hearing loss you have. An example might be if you consistently have to ask somebody to speak up… Of course, you might have hearing loss, but they might just not be speaking loud enough!
Which Hearing Aid Should I Pick?
The point of the audiometric test is to help you pick out a hearing aid (if you need one). So, which one might you pick?
- If you have generalized hearing loss—hearing loss at all frequencies—then you don’t need a very complicated hearing aid. You could pick an analog hearing aid, which simply amplifies sounds of all frequencies so that you can hear everything better.
- If you have specific hearing loss at a particular frequency, you should pick a digital hearing aid. These can be programmed to amplify sounds of certain frequencies, and only boost them. If you picked an analog hearing aid, certain frequencies would be far too loud for you, because you don’t have hearing loss there.
- If you’re particularly concerned about the visibility of hearing aids, you can pick an invisible one! These aren’t really ‘invisible‘, but they are very hard to spot if you aren’t looking. They sit inside the ear canal, rather than on or outside the ear.
- If cost is an issue for you, there are cheap hearing aids too. Old fashioned hearing aids are normally cheaper than the digital, finely-tuned ones. If you feel like a hearing aid might be too expensive, tell your audiologist, and they’ll address your concerns.
Your audiologist will help you through the process of picking a hearing aid. They can advise you on which ones would be best for you. We offer all sorts of hearing aids Florence, Colorado residents have been using for years!
Visit us for hearing aids Florence, Colorado!
All you have to do to get the process started is give us a call. If you would rather come to a center in Colorado Springs, call Sandia Hearing Aid Center on 719-634-6260. Alternatively, if you would find it easier to get to Pueblo, visit King Hearing Aid Center on 719-296-6849. Our friendly staff will talk you a little more through the process, before booking you in for an appointment.
So, what have you got to lose? Nothing! If you need hearing aids Florence, Colorado, give us a call today and let’s work together to get your hearing loss fixed!