The key to achieving better hearing is found in the audiogram, a graph that charts the precise characteristics of an individual’s hearing loss.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 04, 2015
The key to achieving better hearing is found in the audiogram, a graph that charts the precise characteristics of an individual’s hearing loss. The audiogram will show what type of hearing loss a person has, how severe it is, if they are a candidate for hearing aids, and how the hearing aids should be programmed.
Without the audiogram, hearing specialists can’t precede to correct their patient’s hearing, yet most people don’t take the time to learn how to read one. And while it seems difficult to read, the audiogram is actually rather straightforward.
According to Main Line Audiology, just because the audiogram looks complicated at first glance doesn’t mean that it’s difficult to read. The audiogram is really just a graph that records sound volume on the vertical axis and sound frequency on the horizontal axis.
At its most basic level, the audiogram is simply a chart that graphs two variables, showing how well an individual can hear certain frequencies at different volumes. For each sound frequency, the hearing specialist marks the lowest decibel volume at which the patient can hear the sound 50% of the time. So what will normal hearing look like, compared to those with hearing loss?
Individuals with normal hearing should be able to perceive each sound frequency level, from 125 to 8000 Hz, at 0-25 decibels. Since many cases of hearing loss are in the higher frequencies, the audiogram would have a downward sloping line from the top left corner of the chart sloping downward horizontally to the right, according to Main Line Audiology.
Patients have the right to request a copy of their audiogram after their hearing test is completed, and should have enough knowledge to be able to discuss the results with a hearing specialist. Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC encourages those with hearing loss to take the time to learn the basics of the audiogram by reading the original article found at http://www.mainlineaudiology.com/blog/how-to-read-your-audiogram-at-your-hearing-test/.
About Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC
Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC is a full-service audiology practice with five Pennsylvania locations. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for all hearing aid models. With services delivered in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC is Pennsylvania’s leading destination for better hearing.
Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, Au.D.
Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC