GOLD COUNTRY HEARING

Comprehensive Hearing Assessments

Our Comprehensive Hearing Assessment Process Produces Accurate Results

Although the latest data shows that hearing loss is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease, and the World Health Organization predicts that hearing loss cases will double in the next 30 years, hardly any of us regularly test our hearing.

Although regular eye tests, dental check-ups, and yearly physicals have become the norm, hearing assessments typically only occur once a hearing loss has been noticed by your physician or loved ones.

At Gold Country Hearing, we’re passionate about raising awareness for the importance of regularly testing your hearing.

If you have any concerns about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, then we strongly encourage you to schedule an initial hearing assessment.

It’s quick and non-invasive, and discovering an early hearing loss means that the right measures can be taken early to ensure that it doesn’t worsen by remaining untreated.

Complete the form below and we will contact you to schedule your hearing assessment

Why do people put off having a hearing assessment?

There are a variety of reasons behind why scheduling regular hearing tests is not a priority. Most of those reasons are the result of misinformation about hearing loss and the value of detecting it early. Here are six of the most common misconceptions and the truth to help clear them up.

1. My hearing loss doesn’t really bother anybody.

The person harmed most by your hearing loss is you. Untreated hearing loss reduces your quality of life through a higher risk for mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and isolation, as well as contributing to other physical health problems. Relationships at work and home typically suffer due to communication problems and a greater dependence on others to make up for your hearing deficiency.

Hearing tests identify hearing loss and the best solutions to correct or prevent these issues.

2. If I had a hearing problem, I’d be the first to know.

Can you see the grass growing in your yard? Probably not – you just know when it is time to cut it. Hearing loss is the same way. It comes on so slowly that you can’t tell it is happening until hearing and communication become a struggle. In fact, friends, family, and coworkers typically recognize the problem before the person with a hearing loss.

Hearing tests provide audiologists with the necessary objectivity to identify and treat hearing loss even if you’re not aware of it.

3. If I can’t hear, I’ll just turn up the volume.

Loudness is one of the issues associated with hearing loss, but the majority of issues are the result of decreased hearing clarity. Issues like difficulty hearing with background noise, problems distinguishing one consonant from another, or struggling to understand conversations over the phone or with women and children stem from causes related to clarity. By amplifying distorted sound, you amplify the distortion as well, making the issue worse.

Hearing tests diagnose problems with clarity and provide solutions to get rid of distortion, so you can hear clearly at normal volume levels.

4. Only old people suffer from hearing loss.

The truth is that nearly 20% of the adult population in the US, including individuals between the ages of 18 and 44, experience some form of hearing loss. Age-related deterioration is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, but causes like damage to hearing from an excessive noise event, prolonged noise exposure, continuous use of ototoxic drugs, genetics, diseases, brain injuries, and other causes impact individuals of all ages.

Hearing tests not only help to identify hearing loss, but they also provide an opportunity to educate you about preventative measures you can take to avoid the damages that often lead to hearing loss.

5. I won’t learn anything useful from a hearing test.

The adaptation of your brain to compensate for lost hearing occurs over time, making it difficult to determine its severity until it becomes a significant problem.

A hearing test can identify the level of hearing loss and its cause before it impacts your quality of life. Hearing tests also provide audiologists with the data necessary to prescribe the right treatments to correct the issue or determine the right hearing instrument to meet your needs. The parameters for custom programming a device come from the same data in order to produce the best results. A hearing test, when your hearing is normal, also establishes a baseline against which future hearing loss can be identified.

Hearing loss comes on slowly, which means that family, friends, and coworkers are likely to recognize it before you do. Their caring advice is meant to help guide you toward making a decision that will result in better hearing health.

Early detection of hearing loss from a comprehensive hearing assessment is the first step in decreasing your risk of developing a debilitating condition, so you can continue living an independent and rewarding lifestyle without interruption.

Comprehensive hearing assessment booth

Pleasant, professional and thorough. There really is nothing bad to be said about the experience, the hearing aids or Charley. I was not looking forward to getting “ear trumpets” but, thanks to Charley, it all went very well and I look forward to my future follow-up visits.

Thomas M. Jacobs

My experience at Gold Country Hearing was awesome!
From Brianna’s excellent phone and office skills to Dr. Sander’s hearing test and discussion of the results, I was very impressed!
I would recommend this Audiologist to everyone!!!

Richard Kossak

What to Expect at a Hearing Assessment

1. Welcoming you to our office

Serving you a cup of coffee and a doughnut isn’t really an option due to COVID-19 protocols, but we still provide a comfortable place to greet you and take care of your needs. In place of coming into our office, we also provide a “Patient Priority” service, which allows you the option to wait in your car while we come out to serve you. Necessary paperwork is usually taken care of before you arrive in order to limit your waiting time and limit exposure to others.

2. A Friendly Conversation

A critical part of your hearing assessment includes a friendly conversation about your lifestyle, occupation, family and health history, hobbies, and other activities in which you participate.

This fills in a lot of the critical information we need to provide individualized care that fits your objectives and how you live.

3. Hearing Assessment Tests

The “official” testing begins with a physical examination of your ears, ear canal, and tympanic membrane using an otoscope. We follow that with tympanometer and tuning fork tests to measure the reaction of your hearing structures when stimulated by sounds. Next, your audiologist will fit you with a set of high-quality headphones inside a soundproof booth. Using an audiometer to transmit a range of sounds or spoken words at various frequencies and volume levels into the headphones, you will respond to each sound you hear. Depending on what your audiologist discovers, you might undergo additional testing.

4. Discussing Your Results

This part of the assessment is nothing more than a candid conversation to review the results of your tests and clarify what they mean.

Your input in relation to any treatment and preventative solutions discussed is a critical part of establishing a transparent hearing care partnership designed to combine our expertise with your needs, objectives, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Schedule a Comprehensive Hearing Assessment

The starting point for addressing your hearing challenges is a comprehensive hearing evaluation.

If others complain about the volume of your television, you no longer enjoy a night out or family gathering due to background noise, friends and family tell you to get your hearing checked, or you simply want to add hearing care to your healthcare checklist, then take the first step.

Submit our “Schedule a Comprehensive Hearing Assessment” form and a member of our team will call you to assist in scheduling your appointment.

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