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Online Hearing Tests - Our Thoughts

 

You may have seen applications on various websites to test your hearing and been tempted to use them, but our position can be simply stated – we don't believe online hearing loss tests are useful. We feel that your hearing is much too valuable for decisions about it to be determined by the results of an unreliable online gadget. At best, an online test provides a simple screening, but its outcome can be affected by many unpredictable elements.

When you visit one of our hearing centers, you will see firsthand why a professional hearing test or evaluation – while relatively simple, noninvasive and definitely pain-free – is impossible to re-create on a computer. Your hearing is measured by a trained professional utilizing specialized equipment that is regularly calibrated to ensure accuracy, and is carried out under special controlled sound conditions.

The other major fault of an online hearing test is its lack of contact and consultation. The evaluation itself is only part of the journey – if hearing loss is revealed, you will need a hearing healthcare professional to explain what that could mean for you.

To give you an idea of how you could be affected by the results of your hearing evaluation, here is a description of the possible outcomes: 

 ·         No action on your part – Although people usually request a hearing test for a reason, sometimes the test reveals little or no hearing loss. Even if a mild hearing loss is detected, you may decide not to do anything about it. The advantage to being tested now is that it provides a baseline measurement of your hearing that can be used in the future to determine whether your hearing has remained stable or if a loss is present. Your hearing care professional will provide you with a variety of hearing loss test scenarios and possible solutions. The choice to act is 100% up to you!

·         Referral to a doctor – When a HEARINGLife professional tests your hearing, he/she is also looking for underlying conditions that would require further medical attention. This could be something as simple as excessive earwax. If we find a condition that warrants further investigation, we may contact your doctor on your behalf.

 ·         Taking the next step – If hearing loss is detected, wax is not the issue, and no underlying medical conditions are found, our hearing care professional may offer you amplification solutions. In most cases, we can demonstrate them right then and there – you will be able to appreciate right away how today’s open-fit, advanced hearing devices can improve both your hearing and your quality of life. 

To sum up, HEARINGLife professionals spend hours communicating with our patients about their specific hearing needs and their individualized hearing loss treatment. Please don’t settle for an anonymous online hearing loss test when it comes to making decisions about your hearing health – call one of our offices today to schedule your free, in-depth hearing evaluation.

 

 

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