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Hearing tests offer invaluable insights into your health. Because ears are so sensitive, hearing tests can sometimes identify early signs of other health problems. What will you discover from a hearing assessment?

A Hearing Test, What is it?

Out of the various types of hearing exams, putting on earphones and listening to a series of tones is the basic exam. The hearing professional will play these tones at various volumes and pitches to determine whether you have hearing loss, and if so the severity of the loss.

Another typical hearing test involves listening to words in one ear and repeating them back to make sure you are capable of interpreting sounds accurately. To identify what kind of sounds impact your hearing, background noise is often added to this test. To be able to get an accurate measurement for each side, tests are performed on each ear individually.

What do Hearing Test Results Mean?

Whether somebody has loss of hearing, and the extent of it, is what the normal hearing test identifies. Adults who have minor hearing loss, 25 decibels or less, are considered to have normal hearing. From there, hearing professionals gauge hearing loss as:

  • Moderate to severe
  • Severe
  • Mild
  • Profound
  • Moderate

The decibel level of the hearing loss defines the level of impairment.

Do Hearing Tests Determine Anything Else?

There are also test that can measure the viability of structures of the middle ear like the eardrum, how well a person hears with background noise, the threshold of air and bone conduction, and the kind of hearing loss.

But hearing assessments can also expose other health issues like:

  • Diabetes. It’s thought that high levels of sugar in the blood can injure blood vessels including the one that goes to the inner ear.
  • Severe headaches and pain in the joints triggered by Paget’s disease.
  • Dizziness, vertigo, and other problems related to Meniere’s disease.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Hearing loss is 300% percent more likely in people with RA..
  • Heart and circulation issues. The inner ear has one blood vessel, and that makes it more susceptible to alterations in blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Otosclerosis, which if diagnosed early can possibly be reversed.

The hearing expert will take all the insight revealed by hearing tests and use it to determine whether you are suffering from:

  • Injury caused by exposure to loud noises, ototoxic chemicals or medications
  • A different medical issue causing the hearing loss like high blood pressure
  • Irregular bone growths
  • Damage from trauma
  • Age related hearing loss
  • Tumors
  • Damage from chronic disease or infections

Once you recognize why you have loss of hearing, you can try to find ways to manage it and to protect your general health.

A preemptive strategy to reduce the risks caused by loss of hearing will be put together by the specialist after evaluating the results of the test.

What Are The Risk Factors of Ignoring Hearing Loss?

Medical science is starting to comprehend how hearing loss affects a person’s health and quality of life. Researchers from Johns Hopkins examined 636 individuals over 12 years. They found that those with loss of hearing have a greater risk of dementia. The more significant the hearing loss, the greater the risk.

Based on to this study, a person with mild loss of hearing has double the risk of dementia. A moderate loss means three times the risk, and severe hearing impairment raises the risk by five.

Also, social decline is evident in those with hearing loss. People who have trouble hearing discussions will avoid having them. Less time with family and friends and more alone time can be the outcome.

A hearing test could explain a recent bout of exhaustion, also. In order to understand what you hear, the brain has to do work. When there is hearing loss, it will have to work harder to perceive sound and interpret it. Your left always feeling tired because your other senses are robbed of energy.

Finally, the National Council on Aging states there is a clear correlation between loss of hearing and depression, especially, when left untreated, age related hearing loss.

Treating hearing loss, with hearing aids or other hearing technology, can eliminate or decrease these risks, and the initial step for proper treatment is a hearing test.

A pain free way to learn about your hearing and your health is an expert hearing test so schedule your appointment today.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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