Getting a hearing test is the first step in an individual’s hearing health journey. Here are answers to common questions about them.
Should I Get a Hearing Test Early?
Since hearing loss happens gradually over time, many people are unaware they have it until it reaches an advanced stage.
Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss has serious consequences for more than just your ears.
Studies have shown that it:
- Increases your risk of cognitive decline and dementia
- Increases depression, anger and anxiety
- Increases your risk of falls
- Reduces job performance
- Reduces lifetime earnings
The earlier you know about a hearing problem, the sooner you can treat it to help minimize these side effects.
Will My Insurance Cover Testing?
Hearing tests are usually fully covered by many insurance companies and partially covered under Medicare. You should expect to provide a co-pay, however.
What Can I Expect at the Test?
Hearing testing methods are quick and typically allow an audiologist to provide an immediate diagnosis.
Your audiologist will give you a series of tests to measure:
- How your ears respond to loud sounds
- The quietest sound you can hear at different pitches
- How well you hear speech
- The movement capacity of your eardrum
- What type of hearing loss you have
If hearing aids are the right solution for you, your audiologist will determine which models best meet your needs, fit them and provide ongoing support to help you adjust to a new way of hearing the world.
Ready to schedule your test? Contact Hearing Focused at (262) 679-8888. We offer thorough audiological testing, new hearing aids, custom ear protection and counseling for total patient satisfaction.