"Online hearing tests are not recommended for persons who already wear a hearing aid or use any type of assistive listening device."
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 26, 2010
With just one week left in Audiology Awareness Month, many hearing specialists are offering a free hearing test and hearing evaluation as part of an in-office visit. However, Hearing-Aid.com states that for many, reluctance to admit a hearing problem keeps people away from the doctor’s office.
For those who need more evidence before calling an audiologist for an appointment, an online hearing test may help pave the way for acceptance, and treatment, of hearing loss or other hearing problem, including tinnitus.
A comprehensive online hearing test usually consists of three parts – answering a few short “yes” or “no” questions, adjusting the online test for volume, and then a brief audio screening where tones are played at different frequencies. Most online hearing tests require the user to wear headphones, but some will allow the use of computer speakers. Online hearing tests are not recommended for persons who already wear a hearing aid or use any type of assistive listening device.
Online hearing tests are not meant to be a substitute for a comprehensive hearing evaluation with an audiologist or hearing aid specialist, but they can provide a fairly accurate initial diagnosis for someone with symptoms of hearing loss.
A hearing loss simulator is another online tool that may be helpful for family members who suspect a loved one has hearing loss. Family members hear normal speech in particular listening situations, and then the simulator demonstrates varying degrees of hearing loss, allowing them to experience their loved one’s hearing difficulties.
Hearing-Aid.com invites everyone to take a simple online hearing test or to use an online hearing loss simulator as part of Audiology Awareness Month in October, and to follow up with a hearing specialist if treatment for hearing loss is in order.
Learn more about hearing loss and hearing tests, visit Hearing-Aid.com.