The latest estimates show that 15% of adults in the United States suffer from hearing loss, with your risk increasing from 6% in early adulthood to 43% after the age of 70. Devin Anderson, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, and the compassionate team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus in Maricopa and San Tan Valley, Arizona, offer state-of-the-art hearing tests to determine if you have hearing loss and the cause of the problem so they can recommend customized treatment. To schedule a hearing test, or to ask questions about hearing concerns, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.
The challenge of hearing loss is that it typically develops so gradually that you don’t notice the change at an early stage. It’s time to schedule a hearing test if you notice that you:
There’s another reason to get your hearing tested: Hearing loss can increase your risk of dementia by 200-500%. However, restoring your hearing may prevent or slow down progression toward dementia.
The team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus specializes in comprehensive hearing tests that analyze all your potential hearing problems. Your exam begins with a review of your medical history and a physical exam of your ear. Then you take tests, such as:
Pure tone audiometry tests your hearing sensitivity, identifying the quietest sounds you can hear at different pitches.
Your ability to hear tones from a tuning fork shows if you have hearing loss in one or both ears and helps determine the type of hearing loss.
Your audiologist talks to you through headphones and asks you to repeat words spoken at different volumes. This test also determines if your hearing is affected by background noise.
A tympanometry test evaluates how well your eardrum moves, which is essential for allowing sound waves to get to your inner ear.
The auditory brainstem response test detects hearing loss in your inner ear.
When you hear a sound, a muscle in your middle ear tightens, a normal movement called the acoustic reflex. Your provider tests how loud the sound must be before triggering this reflex, which in turn reflects the severity of your hearing loss.
When your tests are finished, your provider at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus fully explains the results and answers all your questions. Then they talk about your treatment options, which depend on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. For some, the treatment is as simple as cerumen (earwax) removal, while others may need to consider getting a hearing aid.
To schedule a hearing test, call Priority Hearing and Tinnitus or use the online booking feature.