Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers Prepares for Rise in Demand for Hearing Tests in Louisville Following Launch of the National Hearing Test

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The brand new National Hearing Test at nationalhearingtest.org enables any person to complete a preliminary hearing screening test in less than 10 minutes with their telephone. For follow-up care on screening scores that are outside the normal range, test takers should schedule a comprehensive hearing test with a local hearing specialists.

The phone-based, NIH-funded National Hearing Test makes it simple and fast for anybody to get an initial hearing test to detect functional hearing loss unilaterally or bilaterally. However, it is important for all test participants to be aware of the limits of telephone-based screenings and the merits of a comprehensive in-office hearing test completed by a hearing specialist. The hearing specialists at Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers believe that spreading the word about the National Hearing Test is important. Similarly important is having local hearing specialists available in Louisville to perform comprehensive hearing tests and provide individualized advice for individuals that score outside of the normal range on their screening test.

The National Hearing Test can be found at nationalhearingtest.org and costs eight dollars. As part of Better Speech and Hearing Month, the test is free of charge for the month of May 2014. Because it is telephone-based, the test is designed as a speech in noise style test. It is best regarded as a screening for functional hearing - the ability to hear in everyday situations. Participants receive an assessment of Poor, Slightly Below Normal or Normal for each ear. Test takers are steered toward local hearing specialists for follow-up following the test. The National Hearing Test website states, "If your results from the National Hearing Test were “marginal or below normal,” you should make an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation by a certified hearing professional. Even if your results are in the “normal” range but you still have concerns about your hearing, we encourage you to seek a complete hearing evaluation as well.”

The hearing specialists at Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers wish to assist Louisville area residents by being the leading local provider of complete hearing tests and advice about treating different forms of hearing loss. The hearing specialists are delighted about the publicity that the National Hearing Test is producing for hearing problems in the United States and encourage anyone who suspects a hearing problem to take the telephone-based test (especially during the free testing period). As more people are tested, the need for in-office hearing testing and personalized treatment plans and follow-up health care goes up in tandem. The hearing care staff at Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers is delighted about positioning themselves as a primary provider of hearing testing and hearing loss treatment in Louisville.

It is worth noting that to obtain reliable results from the National Hearing Test, a wall-mounted (not cellular) telephone is required. Test takers will also have to have the manual dexterity and coordination to key in over 50 numbers into the telephone's number pad. People in Louisville who suspect a hearing problem and who might have trouble taking the test by phone should directly schedule an appointment for a complete hearing test at Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers.

About Greta Ratliff, HIS:

Greta Ratliff, Hearing Instrument Specialist, attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC and graduated with honors earning a bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Historic Preservation Studies and joined Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in 1995 and has since taken on many diverse roles including patient care, staff training and operations management. She has also served on the Kentucky Licensing Board for Specialists in Hearing Instruments.

About Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers

Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers has served Louisville Kentucky and its surrounding areas since 1992 with community offices in St. Matthews, Okolona, and Middletown. They have successfully grown to become one of Louisville’s largest independent network of licensed hearing healthcare providers and offer clients leading-edge hearing health care solutions including a wide assortment of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing protection. Each office is equipped to provide quality hearing testing and hearing aid evaluations.

Greta Ratliff

Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers
102A Fairfax Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 324-1103

Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers
7132 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40219
(502) 287-1510

Hear in Kentucky Hearing Centers
12420 Shelbyville Rd
Middletown, KY 40243
(502) 287-1508

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