A Hearing Tests for Hearing Loss
Today, it’s estimated that over 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are suffering from some degree of hearing loss. Despite incredible advancements with hearing aid technology, oftentimes men and women are going years before even discovering they have a hearing loss, let alone treating it. Why? Most people simply overlook their hearing health and neglect to sit for a hearing evaluation.
For many adults 50 and older, hearing problems develop gradually over time and are a symptom of the aging process, which makes hearing loss harder to detect. Most doctors recommend that anyone over the age of 50 receive annual hearing screenings as part of routine wellness care to try and detect hearing problems faster. Early detection and treatment leads to prolonged better hearing and a lower likelihood of other serious health problems.
Untreated hearing loss is associated with a number of serious health risks including:
- Increased Anxiety
- Social Isolation
- Frustration and Increased Irritability
- Cognitive Difficulties and Conditions
- Increased Risk of Dementia
- Workplace Problems
Sadly the reaction that many people have when they begin to experience some type of hearing problem is to ignore the situation or pass it off as “something they can live with” because they are embarrassed to admit they are having a problem. In fact, a simple hearing test and proactive treatment with hearing aids would protect and preserve good hearing longer, and allow you to fully enjoy life again without strain.
Beltone Chicago Offers Free Hearing Tests
Beltone has been an industry leader in hearing aids and hearing health for over 79 years. We offer free hearing tests that are comprehensive, personalized, and convenient. A hearing specialist will begin with a personalized hearing health assessment that familiarizes our staff with your needs. Through a series of questions about your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and habits we begin to understand what you are experiencing. Then, state-of-the-art testing technology will perform a video ear scan and audiometric test. Through every step, your hearing care professional will explain and detail what they are doing and what the results are revealing.
We Start With A “PHHA”
A personalized hearing health assessment is a series of questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and habits that allow our hearing care professionals to understand your hearing health and what you are experiencing. This includes getting to know environments you frequent most, your surroundings at home, and what you enjoy doing.
Video Ear Scan
The hearing screening process begins with a video otoscope exam. This gives the hearing health practitioner an opportunity to see your eardrum and ear canal on a digital display. A video ear scan can be very useful in discovering if there are obstructions or natural reactions that are causing your hearing problems. You might be experiencing some form of hearing loss that can be treated or corrected, such as an ear infection or earwax issue. The scan is non-invasive and painless.
Your hearing care specialist will then use computerized equipment to identify the cause and full extent of your hearing loss. This is done by testing your hearing with a range of sounds at various pitches to discover what you are having trouble hearing. We are able to measure the entire spectrum of natural hearing to ensure the test results are customized to your current hearing capabilities.
Request Your Personalized Hearing Test Today
Our friendly hearing care professionals will make sure that you understand every step of the process and are comfortable throughout the test. If we discover that hearing aids are the solution for you, our exclusive Beltone AVE™ system allows patients to then test out the latest Beltone hearing aids to begin the process of finding the right hearing aid for you.
If you are beginning to notice that your hearing is declining or you have not had a hearing evaluation performed recently, don’t put off finding out more about your hearing health. Call (800) 900-6187 today or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free hearing test.