What is a hearing screening?
By Woodridge Clinic
December 15, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Screening  

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Why You Should Get a Hearing Screening Regularly

Hearing loss can be a bit scary, but there are many things you can do to help your hearing. The first item on your list should be to go in Hearing for a hearing screening. The physicians at the Woodridge Clinic, in Woodridge, Illinois, are ready to assess your hearing needs.

Hearing screenings are a quick and inexpensive way to find out if you are losing your hearing. The doctor will administer what is called a pure tone test. You will be asked to wear earphones, making it possible to examine the hearing of 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.)

The pure tone test enables the doctor to find out the most minimal tone you can hear at certain frequencies. When you take the test, you will be asked to answer whether you can hear the tones by either raising your finger, hand or answering yes. These results are then recorded. The screening is the first step to determine if you are experiencing any hearing loss. If the doctor determines that you have some degree of hearing impairment, you will be evaluated further. You may be asked to take a hearing test, which is more extensive, and usually conducted by an audiologist.

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, more than 30% of adults over 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. The ASHA recommends that adults should visit their physician for a hearing screening at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50.

It is important to do everything you can to preserve your hearing, and the first step should be to get a hearing screening. Stop in and visit your doctor at the Woodridge Clinic, serving residents of the western suburbs of Greater Chicago, to make sure you are not experiencing any hearing loss.