Hearing Tests: What Do Your Results Mean?

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Enda Dooley

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr. Enda Dooley, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist DipHE HAA Q.M.U. has been with Hidden Hearing since 2010 and is based in our Merrion Road, Ballsbridge branch.

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Hearing loss At Any AgeIf you have noticed problems with your hearing, or think you may have developed a hearing loss, the first step is to make an appointment for a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist. Here at Hidden Hearing, our experts are on hand to talk you through the process and put you at your ease, and you will find that a hearing test is simple and straightforward.

After your test, you will have the opportunity to discuss the results of the test with your audiologist, and to look into the range of options available to you. We have a great range of hearing aids, including the newest digital hearing aids that are smaller and more effective than ever before. It can be helpful to understand what a hearing test is looking for in order to understand what your results mean.

What Does A Hearing Test Tell You?

When you take a hearing test, your results will usually be produced in an audiogram, which charts the outcomes of the different tests that have been performed. Often, the chart will reflect the volumes of sounds you have been able to hear, and will show you and your audiologist the range of your hearing at this time.

We measure sound in decibels (dB), and normal conversation is usually around 60-70dB. A hearing test will measure your hearing according to the decibel volume you can hear and the pitch of the sounds you can distinguish. Frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz), and you will usually see a graph that demonstrates these two measurements.

You will also be able to see the extent of hearing loss in each ear, and your audiologist will show you how to compare the results for each ear and discover whether you have a more significant hearing loss on one side or whether you are experiencing equal hearing abilities in both ears. If the graph lines for both ears are the same, your hearing loss is likely to be symmetrical, but if the lines are different from one another, you may be experiencing unilateral deafness, or asymmetrical hearing loss.

Normal hearing range allows for the quietest sounds you hear to be between 10 and 25dB. I you cannot hear sounds that are louder than this, you will probably be diagnosed with hearing loss. There are many different types of hearing loss, and those with the most significant hearing losses may be unable to hear sounds so loud that they could cause damage to normal hearing.

Top Tips For Understanding Your Hearing Test Results:

1. Don’t panic! Your audiologist is an expert at decoding hearing test results, and he or she will explain the process to you to help you to understand.

2. Bring a friend. Finding out about your hearing loss can feel a little overwhelming, and it always helps to have a friend or relative with you to help record the information you are given and to offer you support.

3. Be positive. Even if you discover that you have a significant hearing loss, this is the first step towards better hearing. Now that you are aware of the extent of the problem, you are able to explore solutions, such as invisible hearing aids, that will make a big difference to your life in the future.

Book A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing

Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions is Hidden Hearing, with a national network of over seventy-five branches and clinics. We have a fantastic range of the newest digital hearing aids for you to try, including invisible hearing aids that sit right inside the ear canal and offer an excellent hearing experience.

Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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Hearing Tests: What Do Your Results Mean?
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When you take a hearing test, your results will usually be produced in an audiogram, which charts the outcomes of the different tests that have been performed.
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