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Hearing Screening or Hearing Test: What's the Difference?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 27, 2019 5:11:03 PM

Hearing screening, hearing test, hearing evaluation. You may have heard all of these terms at one point or another. What's the difference?  Is there a difference?  

If you've ever wondered about this and what exactly is involved when you have your hearing checked, you're not alone.

Hearing screenings indicate whether or not hearing loss is present and the results consist of either pass or fail. A screening does not show the type or degree of hearing loss, but rather is an indicator to whether further testing is recommended. 

If your screening signals that you may have hearing loss, the next step would be to have your hearing tested. While a screening is quickly performed, a hearing test is more detailed and thorough. Through headphones, you listen for a series of tones, ranging from low to high frequencies. This testing reveals the faintest tone you can hear at each frequency; the results are charted on an audiogram. This hearing test is known as pure-tone testing and helps to identify the type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss.

A hearing evaluation may be comprised of hearing tests and a consultation with the hearing care provider. They will likely take in your hearing health history, conduct a visual ear inspection with an otoscope that allows them to view the ear canal, and then discuss your results along with their recommendations for how to best address any hearing loss.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends those below age 50 to have their hearing screening every decade and for those 50 and older, to have their hearing screened every 3 years.

If you're concerned about your hearing, the first step may be to schedule a hearing screening

 

 

 

 

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Topics: hearing test, hearing exam, hearing screenings, hearing evaluation

Sound advice: Be aware of how noise threatens hearing health

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The world has become an increasingly noisy place. High noise levels can permanently damage hearing, and it can interfere with the ability to communicate.

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Topics: noise, hearing protection, summertime, hearing loss, hearing health, excessive noise exposure, summer tips, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, schedule an appointment, Healthy Hearing, depression, Hearing Loss Prevention, noise exposure, Dementia and Hearing Loss, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Social Isolation

Sound Summer Safety Tips

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 4, 2019 10:03:00 AM

Summer sun, warmer temperatures and longer days mean it's time to get back outside and enjoy it!  We all love summer and the activities it brings, such as: outdoor concerts, festivals and parades, however, these summer events have one thing in common...loud noises that could damage your hearing.

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Topics: hearing protection, hearing loss, excessive noise exposure, summer tips, noise-induced hearing loss, summer concerts, concerts, music

What’s the scoop? High blood sugar can lead to hearing loss.

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on May 31, 2019 10:14:33 AM

 

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You may be surprised that one of the first questions a hearing care provider asks when seeing a patient concerned about hearing loss is: How has your blood sugar been?

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Topics: hearing loss, hearing appointment, Diabetes, cause of hearing loss, Comorbidities, schedule an appointment, Hearing Loss Prevention, Diabetes and hearing, illness & disease

When the smoke gets in your ears

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on May 28, 2019 9:04:00 AM

Cigarette smoke gets in your lungs, your blood stream and your ears putting you at higher risk for any number of costly health conditions – cancer, heart disease, respiratory ailments and now you can add hearing loss to that list.

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Topics: hearing loss, hearing appointment, cause of hearing loss, hearing screenings, Comorbidities, schedule an appointment, Cardiovascular Disease, Hearing Loss Prevention, smoking, illness & disease

New app allows you to 'find your quiet space.'

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Apr 30, 2019 11:46:06 AM

It seems that modern restaurants tend to favor exposed duct work, open concept floor plans, and loud-bass heavy music over acoustical quality. Learn how a new app can help you ‘find your quiet place.

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Topics: noise, hearing, communication, hearing loss, why you should address hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, hearing screenings, Hearing Loss Prevention

Better Hearing & Speech Month 2019: ‘Communication across the lifespan’

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Apr 16, 2019 8:27:35 AM

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), and this year’s theme is “Communication across the lifespan,” a good time to pause and consider the importance of good hearing, regardless of your age. 

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Topics: noise, hearing, communication, hearing loss, hearing appointment, why you should address hearing loss, May BHSM, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, hearing screenings, schedule an appointment, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention

How to recognize hearing loss in your child

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Apr 11, 2019 10:08:00 AM

The carefree days of being a kid. Hanging with friends, going to school, joining clubs and playing sports. But some children can struggle in the classroom or with these social settings simply because they may not be hearing as they should.

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Topics: children, hearing test, May BHSM, schedule an appointment, Hearing Education, Hearing Loss in Children

What you need to know about Medicare's hearing aid coverage

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Apr 5, 2019 8:05:00 AM

You need hearing aids, but you’re hesitant to take that step because the price is prohibitive. Fortunately, if you’re age 65 or older, Medicare will cover the cost, right? Wrong. Original Medicare and most Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) plans do not cover hearing aids or routine hearing exams.

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Topics: hearing aid coverage, insurance coverage, Medicare Advantage, Hearing Benefit, Affordable Hearing Aids, Medicare

How to Make the Most of Your Hearing Benefit

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Mar 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you have a hearing benefit through Amplifon Hearing Health Care, you have access to so much more than just hearing aids. Wondering how you can maximize your benefit? Here’s five things you can do you make the most of your hearing benefit.

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Topics: Hearing Benefit, new hearing aids, success with hearing aids

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