Initially Sally spends time talking with patients about difficulties with their hearing and the type of lifestyle they lead, to obtain a thorough understanding of the persons listening needs and goals.
Then the hearing test is carried out by putting headphones on a person’s ears and the person listens to a series of beeps. The beeps start at a loud level and then drop down to very low levels, to the lowest level of hearing.
Explanation of results and recommendations
The results of the hearing assessment are explained thoroughly regarding appropriate recommendations for the type of digital hearing aids.
Hearing loss is when most commonly there is a gradual decrease in how well you hear. It is one of the most common conditions that affect older and elderly adults. Nearly 1 in 3 people between the age of 65 and 75 has hearing loss. Approximately 50% of people over 75 have difficulty in hearing. Hearing loss makes it difficult to enjoy talking with family and friends. This can be frustrating, embarrassing and even dangerous.
Signs of hearing loss
Hearing loss is most commonly gradual over a period of years. One can suspect hearing loss if they experience any of the signs below:
- Difficulty understanding speech in group or in the background noise
- Ask people to repeat frequently
- Think other people sound muffled, don’t speak distinctly or as if they are mumbling
- Turns up TV or radio to higher volume
- Lip read or watch people’s face when they talk to you
- Tinnitus or ringing in your ears
- Becoming withdrawn from social situations and general conversation