Hearing loss is a very serious problem in our country today – it is estimated that over 48 million people suffer some type of hearing loss. That’s why it is important to not only learn about symptoms of hearing loss but to also discover ways to prevent further hearing loss. For many people, hearing loss is gradual and presents as ringing in the ear, issues with hearing the voices of women and children, and difficulty hearing in a crowded room. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Here are a few ways that hearing loss can be detected by a professional audiologist.
If you have noticed difficulties hearing, the next step is to consult a hearing care physician. You can simply tell your doctor what is bothering you and the types of sounds you are unable to hear and they will get a good idea of what they are looking for. Sometimes the problem is simply a matter of ear wax build up which the doctor will be able to easily diagnosed by a physical examination.
Tuning Fork Tests
A tuning fork test can be done by your doctor or an audiologist. It involves using two metal prongs to ring a sound throughout your ear canal so that you can signal to the doctor when you hear the sounds and when you don’t. This will allow the doctor to be able to pinpoint where the issue is within your mastoid bone or in your inner ear. Tuning forks are a pretty accurate way of detection and is relatively noninvasive.
An audiometer test is typically done by an audiologist and is also a very accurate way of detecting hearing loss in people with minimal loss of hearing. During an audiometer test the patient is asked to wear earphones that conduct sound waves into the patient’s ears and they are asked to raise their hands when they hear certain sounds. Whenever a sound is detecting through the monitor but not heard by the patient, the audiologist will be able to determine where there is an issue within the ear drum or canal. This method is pretty accurate and also a noninvasive way to diagnose a hearing problem easily and accurately.
When you have trouble with your hearing it really is nothing to play with, you need to make sure you take this very seriously and see a doctor immediately. It could be an easy fix or it could be something serious that needs to be taken care of in order for you to be able to hear. For more information on hearing loss, please contact Beltone DFW today.