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Do You Need a Hearing Test?

At Platinum Hearing Aids, we understand that it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that your hearing is impaired. In fact, many people live in denial for years before finally deciding to seek medical advice about their hearing issues. Because of this, we offer hearing tests in the Detroit-area for those who believe that they might, or a loved one might, be suffering from a hearing impairment. 

While it might be a no-brainer to go get a hearing test if your hearing is significantly impaired, those who are only experiencing minor hearing issues might not be as likely to schedule a hearing test with an audiologist. As hearing professionals, it is our suggestion that you seek medical advice from an audiologist regardless of the level of impairment that you are experiencing — even if you are on the fence about whether or not you have a hearing issue. 

Continue reading to learn more about hearing tests, how to tell if you might need one, and how to book an appointment with your local audiologist in Detroit. 

Check With Your Primary Care Physician

If you ever suspect that you or a loved one might have a hearing impairment, it is important to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. When it comes to hearing issues, there are some that are preventable and easily diagnosed by a general physician. Earwax buildup, ear infections, and other common causes for hearing loss are often diagnosable and treatable by your general care provider. 

If your general care provider can’t diagnose a cause for your hearing loss, they will refer you to an audiologist to schedule further testing. 

So You’ve Been Referred to Platinum Hearing Aids…

It is very common for patients that have experienced hearing loss to be referred to our Detroit audiology office. Upon referral, a member of our staff will ask you about your health and hearing history, conduct a lifestyle assessment, and conduct a hearing test to diagnose your unique hearing needs. 

Your Health and Hearing History

Most people associate hearing issues with age. In reality, hearing impairments can be experienced by a person of any age — whether they are one year old or 100 years old. Pre-existing conditions can often cause hearing loss — but most people are shocked to learn that a person’s general health can also affect their hearing. Common health issues that can lead to hearing loss are diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and more.

In order to best understand your health and hearing history, a member of our team will ask you:

  • If anyone in your family has hearing loss
  • If your hearing is impaired in one or both ears
  • Whether or not you have ever come in contact with chronic or acute loud sounds
  • If you have pain, discomfort, or ringing in your ears
  • Whether or not certain environments challenge your ability to hear

Upon compiling your health and hearing history, a member of our team might be able to better understand the stresses that your auditory system has experienced in your lifetime. 

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

There are a wide variety of symptoms or actions that might indicate whether or not someone is experiencing hearing impairment. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss are:

  • Muffling of sound or speech
  • Difficulty understanding words (especially in crowded environments)
  • Inability to hear distinguished consonants
  • Frequently asking people to repeat themselves, slow their speech, or lip reading when others speak
  • Needing to use excessive volume on the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of social events and settings 
  • Twisting your neck or body to listen
  • Missing calls, doorbells, or alarms

In short, if you have to strain yourself to hear or increase the volume to hear, you might want to consider scheduling a hearing test at our Detroit office

Your Detroit Hearing Test

At Platinum Hearing Aids, your hearing test will include several small tests that help our audiologists determine what sounds that you can and can’t hear. In addition, your ear will be visually inspected using an otoscope to determine if there are any structural issues with your ear. Lastly, we will conduct and air and bone test and a word discrimination test. 

Once testing is complete, our hearing specialists will discuss our findings and suggest a hearing plan and hearing solutions that could be beneficial to you in the future. 

Schedule a Hearing Test in Detroit Today!

At Platinum Hearing Aids, we are excited to welcome new patients for hearing tests and hearing solutions. We urge you to make a list of questions and concerns that you might have about your hearing prior to your visit so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. 

We are always happy to welcome new patients to Platinum Hearing Aids! To schedule your hearing test, please contact us online or call either of our two locations:

  • Allen Park office at 313-381-4810.
  • Southfield office at 248-304-7772.

We can also be reached via our toll-free number at 1-(877)771-EARS(3277). We look forward to welcoming you to Platinum Hearing Aids, where we are committed to enhancing our patients’ hearing.

5 Questions to Ask Your Audiologist About Hearing Loss

Experiencing hearing loss can be overwhelming, frightening, and frustrating. You may experience a wide range of emotions and go through different stages of the grief process. Navigating this new normal doesn’t have to be debilitating, though. An audiologist can help you determine your needs and come up with a hearing solution that matches your lifestyle. From hearing loss treatments to hearing aids and more, Platinum Hearing Aids is here to help. 

If you’re just starting the process and are meeting with an audiologist for the first time, then don’t worry! It is their job to help people on their hearing loss journey and you have nothing to be afraid of. Keep reading to learn some good preliminary questions to ask your audiologist during your first visit, and then contact Platinum Hearing Aids today to schedule an appointment.

What is my current hearing? Are both ears the same?

Sure, you may know you need the TV turned up or feel stressed during group events when you can’t follow the conversation. While these are practical, real-life applications to be aware of, an audiologist can provide more details about what your current level of hearing is.

What type of hearing loss do I have?

Next, ask your audiologist about the type of hearing loss you experience. There are three different types of hearing loss:

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: Occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways between the inner ear and the brain; often permanent
  • Conductive hearing loss: Occurs when sound doesn’t travel effectively from the outer ear canal to the eardrum; often due to a blockage and is temporary
  • Mixed hearing loss: Occurs when a person experiences a mix of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss

 

 

Is there anything I can do to prevent further hearing loss?

Now is the time for action. Yes, you’re more than willing to consider hearing aids. But if there are steps you can take now to prevent future damage, then you should take them. We recommend the H.E.A.R. strategy: 

  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Evaluate your surroundings
  • Avoid the noise
  • Remember protection

What will happen if we do nothing? 

For whatever reason, you may not be interested in a hearing loss treatment or hearing aids at this time. Talk to your audiologist about possible worst-case scenarios and find out what your future will look like — and sound like — without immediate action.

What are my hearing loss treatment or assistance options?

Ultimately, this is what you want to find out from your audiologist: What’s my plan? How are we moving forward? Here at Platinum Hearing Aids, our team of audiologists and hearing specialists will work hard with you to come up with a personalized hearing solution that meets your hearing needs and your lifestyle. 

Meet With an Audiologist in Detroit Today

Our hearing clinic is here for you. Get back to enjoying family dinners, listening to the sounds of nature, and living life out loud. Contact us today to meet with an audiologist in Detroit.