A hearing test allows us to evaluate how your ears function. Hearing Health & Wellness Center provides comprehensive audiological evaluations for any type of hearing concern. Our services include diagnostic medical tests that can determine if the hearing loss is due to a medical condition or other factors including noise exposure, genetics, or the normal aging process. All hearing tests performed at Hearing Health & Wellness Center are performed by Board Certified audiologists.
Functional Hearing Assessment
The human ears receive sound, but the hearing process is not limited to the ears. The brain plays an integral role in the hearing process which is why when there is an issue with hearing, the response of the brain is expected to change.
A functional hearing assessment (FHA) helps audiologists understand how a patient hears in the real world. An FHA provides a more detailed picture of how a person communicates, from the ears to the brain. A person with hearing loss may have challenges beyond struggling to hear in noisy situations; he or she may also have memory issues, may feel that they get distracted easily, experience social anxiety, or have the need to withdraw from social situations.
Functional hearing assessments will help us better understand hearing concerns and provide a wider reach on how to address them.
Hearing Test: What To Expect
During a standard hearing test, a series of beeps and tones will be played through headphones and you will be asked to respond each time you hear them. The test aims to determine the softest level you can hear of a certain tone. We will also play speech at various volume levels and request you to repeat back what you hear. This is a crucial part of the hearing test so we can better understand how well your ears function.
Functional hearing assessments are more similar to comprehensive hearing assessments compared to traditional hearing tests. Each FHA is unique, so there is no definite time for how long a test will take for each individual. Typically, a functional hearing assessment may take between 1-2 hours.
The Problem With Untreated Hearing Loss
Did you know that untreated hearing loss deprives the brain of information, which could lead to cognitive decline and impairment? A “feedback loop” exists between hearing and cognition, a connection that signifies the importance of assessing the needs and gaps of the brain as part of a comprehensive hearing loss treatment plan.
Our goal in treating hearing loss is not only to amplify sounds but to help deliver more significant information to the brain. Through comprehensive hearing assessments, we can increase the ease of listening and reduce the cognitive load along the way. Proper hearing aid fitting and understanding how the brain interprets sound is essential in developing a successful and efficient treatment plan.
Hearing Test FAQs
Can I test my own hearing?
Technically, yes, you can test your own hearing. There are various online hearing tests out there that can initially give you an idea of your hearing health. However, there are various aspects of testing that online hearing tests cannot fully cover unlike one-on-one hearing testing with an audiologist.
Results of online hearing tests are not 100% accurate and would still need to be verified with an audiologist for further testing and discussion.
Is functional hearing assessment painful?
A functional hearing assessment is painless.
Are FHAs covered by insurance?
Please contact your health insurance provider for specific information regarding your coverage.
Hearing Tests in Plantsville, CT
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