Hearing Tests, Hearing Evaluations
in Meridian & Caldwell
Hearing Tests and Hearing Evaluations for Treasure Valley Residents
If you live in the Treasure Valley area near Meridian or Caldwell and you suspect that you might need a hearing aid or suffer from hearing loss, you will first need to have a hearing test and/or a hearing evaluation.
A hearing test is not a pass/fail test but rather, a tool that determines your precise level of hearing – or severity of hearing loss – which we use to create the best treatment options. A hearing evaluation can determine both the intensity/volume of sounds that are heard by the ear, as well as the pitch. A thorough hearing test – like the one we conduct here at Everything Hearing – goes even further and can show what type of hearing loss is present – conductive, sensorineural, or mixed – and can help our audiologist to decide whether medical treatment or an assistive hearing device is needed.
Who Should Have a Hearing Test?
Anyone can benefit from a hearing test. In fact, it is best done at several life stages including infancy, childhood, and adulthood.
Hearing Tests for Infants
Often done before the newborn is even released from the hospital, an infant hearing test is a highly specialized test because it does not require any response from the infant. In fact, the test can even be done while they’re sleeping. These tests include Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) screening and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR).
Hearing Tests for Young Children
It is essential that children have their hearing tested several times during childhood. After the initial infant screening, toddlers should continue to be tested as they grow. That’s because hearing impairments that are caught early can be treated before they cause other developmental delays, such as speech problems or delayed social interaction. When the child approaches school age, their hearing should be tested again as schools can make modifications in the classroom environment if the child has difficulty hearing.
Hearing Tests for Adults
Too often, adults think about hearing evaluations that are needed when they get much older. However, medical professionals recommend that adults have their hearing tested at regular intervals – especially before they start to lose their hearing. This way, a baseline can be established and even moderate changes can be detected before they become a greater problem. It is easier to prevent ongoing damage if adults are aware that their hearing level is declining. Regular hearing tests and evaluations are critical to the early detection and treatment of hearing loss.
Hearing Test Results
The results from your hearing test will provide your hearing professional information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The results of this testing will also allow your hearing professional to make the best treatment recommendations for your individual needs, which, if hearing loss is present, can typically include a quality set of hearing aids.
At Everything Hearing, you are our priority. We will make sure to give you the best recommendations for you, every single time! Our team of hearing professionals is ready to help you navigate the world of hearing devices, one step at a time.
Hearing Aid Recommendations Based Upon Your Hearing Test Results
If hearing aids are a part of your treatment recommendations, your hearing professional may be able to explain what hearing aids can specifically do to help you.
It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing professional will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances.
Decision Time: Which Hearing Aids Are Best?
Once you make a decision, it’s time to ensure the best and most comfortable fit for you!
Your hearing professional may take impressions of your ears if you have selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds.
Hearing aids usually need to be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your hearing professional to meet your specific hearing needs. There is an adjustment period when wearing hearing aids, so it’s possible your provider may make additional changes to your settings to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible.
Contact us today for your hearing evaluation. It could change your life.