How a hearing evaluation is performed and the importance of your hearing as a sense

Your Hearing and How We Test it
Unlike your eyes, you cannot shut your ears off. We are always hearing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is both a good and bad thing.

It is good because it allows us to hear the world, and know what is going on around us, even if we can see it. It is bad because we hear EVERTYTHING! Even things we don’t want to hear!

We hear when sound enters your ear canal, moves through your middle ear, and into your cochlea. The cochlea (hearing nerve), transmits electrical stimuli to your brain via tiny hair cells. Through a number of things, including aging, noise exposure, and genetics, these hair cells can be damaged. Once damaged, they cannot transmit electrical impulses to the brain anymore, and hearing loss occurs.

Once those tiny hair cells have been damaged, it is a permanent hearing loss. Depending on the severity of the damage, hearing devices or electrical implants known as cochlear implants, may be recommended.

We not only test the function of your middle ear, but also the softest sounds you can hear. Based on this test (known as pure tone testing) and your lifestyle, we can interpret the need for amplification and offer a wide selection of choices.

Impact of hearing loss
Do you find yourself asking for repeats in conversation? Or find that women and children mumble all of the time? Or have turned the volume on the tv up and up and up? If you answered yes, than you may have some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing loss effects everyone differently, ranging from not noticing very soft sounds like leaves rustling, to more concerning issues like not being able to follow in a conversation or hear your door bell ring.

Living with permanent hearing loss has been found to impact brain function, loss of being social, depression, and decrease in mental capacity.

If you or someone you know has difficulty hearing, act now! The longer you wait to correct this condition, the more permanent impact it will have on your life.