Hearing is a very complex process that requires many parts to work together. Any disruption in this process can cause hearing loss and result in the need for hearing aids. A hearing or audiometric test determines whether or not hearing aids are necessary by measuring how well sound is able to reach the brain.
Many people suffer from hearing loss, but few do anything about it. This is not the appropriate solution. Schedule a free hearing test in Winnipeg at Kemp Hearing Centres. We offer hearing tests for children and adults alike, because our hearing changes over time. With our services, we can find the cause of your hearing loss and create a solution. We think you’ll find that improved hearing can have a great effect on your overall quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.
Hearing loss is often gradual, with many people unaware that their hearing is declining until they start experiencing symptoms such as needing to turn up the television volume. Because hearing loss is so gradual, it’s every important that you monitor your hearing with annual hearing tests.
Our Winnipeg clinic offers simple testing that determines if you have hearing loss, tinnitus or other auditory conditions by playing a series of sounds and observing how you respond. Based on the results, our team will develop a plan to treat your hearing concerns.
To better understand hearing loss and how a test can help, it is important to understand the basic hearing process:
1. When soundwaves first enter the ear canal, they strike the eardrum causing it to vibrate.
2. The vibrations then move to the bones of the middle ear, boosting the sound and sending it to the inner ear.
3. The sound vibrations cause the fluid in the inner ear to move, bending the tiny hair cells inside the main hearing organ, called the cochlea.
4. The movement of the hair cells triggers nerve impulses which travel along the cochlear nerve to the brain where they are read as sound.
Hearing tests are completely painless and non-invasive. Once at the office, you are taken to a sound-treated room that will keep any distracting noises out so you can focus on the exam. The test is administered through a pair of headphones that are connected to an audiometer.
During your hearing test in Winnipeg, you will listen to tones at a variety of different pitches and volumes and be asked to push a button or raise your hand when you hear them. Some will be very soft, so you must listen intently. Some tests will also include a speech audiometry component, in which you must listen to recorded or live speech and repeat the words back.
Your test results will be presented on a graph called an audiogram that displays the softest sounds you can hear at different pitches and frequencies. The results will be plotted in decibels of hearing threshold level (dB HL), which are based on perception of sound pressure levels across all frequencies. For each tone heard during the test, there will be a mark on the graph at the appropriate decibel level. Your results will show how severe your hearing loss may be, based on the following scale.