A hearing screening is a fast, low-cost way to determine if someone has difficulties with hearing. It is much less involved than a full Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations and, in fact, usually only includes one portion of the hearing assessment called pure tone testing. A hearing screening is yields only two possible results: pass or fail. A pass means there is no identifiable hearing loss. On the other hand, a “fail” means that more involved hearing tests are needed, such as a full hearing assessment.
The typical hearing screening is a pure tone test in which the client is presented various sounds of different frequencies and volumes through a set of headphones. When the client here is the tone in the right, left, or both ears, she signals to the audiologist. The tones get softer and, at some volume, the client is no longer able to hear the tone. By comparing these levels and frequency to normal values, the audiologist can determine if the client passed or failed the hearing screening.
Is a hearing screening right for you? If you answer yes to two or more of the questions below, it is time for you to contact Bergen Audiology for a hearing screening.
- Is it difficult to hear your telephone conversation?
- When you are using your phone, do you hear better through one ear than the other?
- If two or more people are talking at the same time, do you have trouble following the conversation?
- Has anyone complained that watch TV with the volume up too high?
- Do you find yourself straining to understand normal conversation?
- When you are in a restaurant, do you often have trouble hearing?
- Do you have ringing in your ears?
- Do you ask people to repeat themselves?
- Has your family, friends, or coworkers mentioned that you might have hearing loss?
- Do people get annoyed because you cannot understand them?
- Would you say that most people you talk mumble?
- Do you often misunderstand people and respond inappropriately?
- Is it more difficult to understand women and children (higher pitched voices) then men?