Are you thinking of having a full hearing test done? Great idea! After your hearing test results, we will make recommendations for you to follow. These recommendations will help you to maintain your hearing, combat your hearing loss, and to hear better than ever!
To get a clearer idea of what we might recommend, check our post below. We’ve detailed how we actually come to a conclusion with our audiogram assessment. And besides that, we’ve outlined which lifestyle changes might be necessary for you to make the most of your hearing. Read on if you’d like to know more!
Check out your audiogram
Before we go on to discuss exactly what your audiologist might recommend… We have to cover how they’ll come to their conclusion! Audiologists don’t just guess as to what the problem might be. Like other medical doctors, audiologists use testing to make their diagnoses.
All good hearing clinics use audiograms to understand their patients’ hearing problems. These hearing test results provide a thorough and realistic representation of how well you can hear. The test is simple enough: you respond to sounds when you can hear them, and the audiologist can use that information to understand which sounds you can’t quite hear, and the lowest volume at which you can hear anything at all. These results are put onto a graph, which your audiologist can show to you. This graph is the basis of any recommendation they might make.
We might not recommend anything!
Let’s not get carried away: your audiologist might not actually recommend anything at all after your hearing test results. Your hearing might be within a perfectly normal range. If so, your audiologist will recommend that you carry on as normal. Of course, it might be the case that your hearing is still ‘good’ by anybody else’s standards, but it’s not as good as it used to be; if that’s the case, you’ll be recommended a few things from the list below. Your hearing loss might also be the result of too much wax building up in your ears. This is actually surprisingly common.
Wax buildup doesn’t need to be addressed with a hearing aid- obviously! The best treatment is a good old fashioned clean-out. You could do this yourself at home. But please, don’t use Q-Tips- they only make the problem worse. As a rule, you should never push anything up your ear. This will only cause the wax to move up the ear canal, and become compacted. You should wash your ear out manually using water. Or, have a registered hearing technician do it for you- much easier.
Lifestyle changes might be necessary
So if your audiologist does find that you have hearing loss, the first things they’ll recommend for you are lifestyle changes. We can forgive you for asking, why not just fit a hearing aid and be done with it? Won’t that be enough? Well, yes and no. A hearing aid will fix your hearing difficulties here and now. But we’re sure that you also want a solution for the long term. And if you want that, then you’ll need to make a few lifestyle changes first.
The first changes your audiologist will recommend? Take it easy when you’re listening to the TV, or to music! Don’t blast it as loud as you can just so you can hear it a little better. Consistently tasking your ears with listening to loud noises is what may have caused your hearing loss in the first place. So it’s very important to limit that if it’s going to be worth having a hearing aid fitted. Generally try and stay away from loud noises, and your hearing will thank you. An easy way of avoiding noisy situations is with a simple pair of ear plugs.
Your audiologist will also recommend a number of tips for taking care of your hearing aid. It’s very important to keep it clean and completely free of earwax. The wax buildup can clog the delicate tubing of your hearing aid. In the worst case scenario, it can even make its way into the electronics of an in-the-canal hearing aid and break it. It’s like taking care of a set of dentures, or monthly contact lenses!
Are you a hearing aid candidate?
If your hearing test results suggested that your hearing was bad, you should consider a hearing aid. Here are the different ways that having a hearing aid fitted could help you:
- If you can’t hear low frequency sounds very well. These are low, rumbling sounds like you might hear coming from an industrial plant. It’s possible not to be able to hear these noises, but to still be able to hear high pitched noises.
- If you can’t hear high frequency sounds very well. These are the higher pitched sounds like bird song.
- It’s possible to have bad hearing for both of these kinds of sound at the same time! Or you might not be able to hear low and mid frequency, or mid and high frequency. There are all sorts of ways which hearing loss might affect you.
Your audiologist will figure out what kind of hearing loss you have, and tailor their treatment for you. Hearing aids can be adjusted to suit different kinds of hearing loss. Before your hearing aid is fitted, your audiologist will make sure that it’s right for you- boosting the sounds that you have trouble hearing, and operating at a volume that you’re comfortable with.
Why not get in touch?
Still interested? Then why not get in touch? Our friendly staff are ready to help with any questions you might have. So give us a call today!