Hearing loss is a natural occurrence as people age. The rate at which hearing loss occurs, though, can be affected by ongoing exposure to loud noises, as well as excessive earwax, tumors of the ear, or injuries to the ear. If you are experiencing lessened hearing or complete hearing loss, it’s time to visit the audiologists at Ogden Clinic in Utah for treatment.
People who are experiencing hearing loss will often avoid conversations because they must ask people to speak up frequently. They may also require the volume to be very loud on a TV or radio, and be unable to understand people talking when there is background noise. To diagnose and prevent further hearing loss, an Ogden Clinic audiologist may perform a variety of tests.
During a physical exam, the doctor will examine your ear to look for obstructions that could be causing the hearing loss, such as inflammation or earwax. The doctor may also look for tumors, growths, or structural damage to the ear. After the physical exam, the doctor will have you cover one of your ears at a time, to establish how well you hear sounds at varying volumes.
This test uses tuning forks which are two-pronged, metal instruments that produce sounds when they are struck against another object or each other. By using these instruments, your doctor can determine if you have hearing loss, and whether the hearing loss is from damage to your eardrum or nerves of the inner ear.
This type of test, conducted by an Ogden Clinic audiologist, will test each ear alternately. The doctor will give you earphones which will only produce sounds in one ear at a time. These sounds will be in a range of tones and volumes, and the doctor will ask you to indicate when you hear each sound.
To prevent hearing loss, it is important to protect your ears, especially if you work in a loud environment. Wear protective earmuffs to help buffer loud noises and take breaks when participating in noisy activities like concerts or hunting. You should also have annual hearing tests to catch a problem in its early stages.
If you have been experiencing reduced or complete hearing loss, make an appointment with an Ogden Clinic audiologist in Utah today.