Hearing Test

About Hearing Test in Norwalk, CT

 If you think you might be experiencing some degree of hearing loss, it may be time to schedule a hearing test. Hearing loss can affect people of any age. In fact, more than 30% of adults over age 65 have some degree of hearing impairment, 14% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 have hearing loss, and nearly 8 million between ages 18 and 44 have hearing loss.

When You Should Have a Hearing Test

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) adults should have their hearing tested every 10 years up to age 50, and every 3 years after age 50. You should also have a hearing test if you notice any of the common signs of hearing loss, which include:

  • Hearing only muffled sounds and voices
  • Having difficulty picking out words from background noise
  • Needing others to speak more loudly or slowly

What a Hearing Test Can Determine

During a hearing test, your ENT specialist will administer a pure tone test. You will be asked to wear earphones, which makes it possible to test each ear independently. The test will help determine whether you might have unilateral hearing loss (loss of hearing in one ear) or bilateral hearing loss (loss of hearing in both ears.)

What To Expect During a Pure Tone Test

When you take the pure tone test, your ENT specialist can determine the minimal tone you can hear at certain frequencies. You will be asked to answer whether you can hear the tones by either raising your finger or hand or answering yes. These results are then recorded. You may be asked to take a more extensive hearing test, usually conducted by an audiologist.

How You Can Protect Your Hearing

You can do a lot to protect your hearing by avoiding prolonged loud sounds or music, and wearing appropriate ear protection if you are exposed to loud or high-pitched sounds in your workplace or elsewhere.

To learn more about a hearing test and how it can help you, talk with an expert–your ENT specialist. Call Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Audiology & Hearing Center in Norwalk, CT. You can reach him in the office by calling (203) 866-4327, so call today.