If you’re asking yourself the question, “Do I need a hearing test?” you might be worried that you have a hearing loss or you may just be the kind of person who likes to get ahead of the game when it comes to potential health issues. Either way, it is important to get your hearing checked by an Audiologist so you can keep your hearing health in good shape. This is especially important if you think you may already be experiencing a hearing loss. How can you tell if this is the case? We’ve got a handy acronym to help with that: H.E.A.R.I.T.
Let us break it down for you.
H is for hard to hear what people are saying in person, on the phone, or in noisy places.
E is for ears feel blocked or heavy.
A is for avoiding social situations because of the prospect of having conversations.
R is for repetition, that is routinely asking people to repeat what they’ve said.
I is for irritable or similar feelings of frustration and impatience.
T is for tired at the end of the day, especially when it’s been spent talking to people.
If three or more of these signs are true for you, then you may have a hearing loss. Don’t panic, hearing loss is sometimes reversible and always treatable. It may be that you can hear perfectly well in certain situations, but others are more challenging. You may have already started adapting your behavior to accommodate your hearing loss. What is important now is that you get a hearing test so that you can get back to living life without restricting your activities or limiting your enjoyment of each and every day.
What can a hearing test tell you?
A hearing test by an Audiologist will tell you a number of different things:
- Whether you do in fact have a hearing loss.
- The type of hearing loss you have; there are three main types: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed.
- The extent of your hearing loss, which is usually categorized as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.
- The best treatment options which are available to restore your hearing, depending on the type and extent of your hearing loss.
Hearing tests are not painful or invasive. They usually involve a physical examination of your ears, as well as tests to check the range of sounds you can hear clearly.
Book your hearing test today
At Acadian Hearing, we’ve been helping people hear better for over 30 years. Our Audiologists are ready and waiting to check your hearing health and provide you with the treatment you need. All you need to do is visit our hearing center. Click here to find your nearest Acadian Hearing in Lake Charles or Sulphur and take the first step towards better hearing.
Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified Audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas Audiology License. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.