Our Hearing Testing and Screening Frequently Asked Questions
Do hearing exams hurt? Why do I need a hearing test every year? What do my results mean? Our hearing care team answers the most common questions about hearing screenings, including how to read the results and how to choose the device that is right for you.
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Are my personal habits causing my hearing loss?
It is understandable that people would want to do everything they can to protect their hearing ability, especially as they get older. The bad news is that hearing problems are becoming more and more common in the younger generation, but the good news is that there are many things a person does every day that can influence the health of his or her ears.
Daily Habits That May Cause Hearing Loss
Everything from diet and exercise to where you work can play a role in your hearing health. The most common daily activities that contribute to hearing problems include:
- Smoking. Cigarette smoking causes dilation of the blood vessels, cutting off oxygen to the delicate hair cells in the ear. These cells may die and be unable to grow back without proper circulation, causing early or even permanent hearing loss.
- Loud music. People of all ages have increased their use of personal music devices, most of which are played at volumes that are not safe for daily listening. The risk increases when these devices are coupled with earbuds, which send loud music directly into the ear canal.
- Poor diets. The foods you eat can have a direct impact on your hearing ability. Diets that are high in salt and caffeine can cause hearing problems, while lack of certain vitamins (such as folic acid) may also contribute to early hearing loss.
- Lack of ear protection. Many people perform loud tasks both at home and work without wearing adequate ear protection, putting their ears in danger. Employees in manufacturing, farming, and construction are at constant risk of dangerously high noise levels, while others suffer constant exposure to low-level noises that can gradually harm hearing over time. Whether you are working around loud machinery or simply mowing the lawn, you should always wear proper hearing protection (such as earplugs or earmuffs).
It’s never too late to make a positive impact on your hearing! Our hearing care specialists are available in several locations throughout Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, allowing you to hear better now. Call us today at 888-280-7114 for details, or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule an appointment.
How often should I have my hearing tested?
While children often receive many hearing screenings as they grow, many adults overlook the necessity of regular hearing exams. Understandably, it can be difficult to know how often an adult’s hearing should be tested.
In most cases, adults under 50 should have their hearing checked once every few years, and those over 50 should undergo a hearing screening annually. However, the following adults may need testing more frequently:
- Patients who are exposed to high noise levels. Noise exposure is a major cause of hearing loss for patients, especially those who work in environments where loud noises are constant. Construction workers, military members, industrial workers, and employees who work in concert and sporting venues are particularly at risk. A twice-yearly hearing screening allows a patient to catch hearing loss in its earliest stages, allowing them to prevent further injury by using custom-made ear protection.
- Patients with hearing loss symptoms. Adults who have trouble hearing in crowds or who are constantly asking others to slow down or speak up should schedule a hearing exam as soon as possible. The earliest signs of hearing loss can affect patients of any age, and waiting until your yearly exam for an audiogram allows your condition to progress.
- Patients who have hearing aids. Patients who already wear a hearing aid will still need frequent testing appointments to monitor the changes in their hearing. Your hearing may worsen or improve over time, and audiology testing can determine if your hearing aid is delivering the best possible correction for your condition. A hearing care professional can also reprogram your device to adapt to any hearing changes, and can ensure that the fit of the device is still comfortable and secure.
Visit Us Today for Your Free Hearing Screening!
Our hearing care specialists are proud to offer complimentary hearing testing for patients in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. Call the number on this page to make an appointment, or visit our locations page to find the hearing testing office nearest you.
What factors affect the cost of hearing aids?
If you’re comparing different hearing aids online, you’ve probably noticed that all models have something in common: they’re expensive. The high cost of hearing aids is one of the major hurdles to overcoming hearing loss for many people; however, there are many ways you can bring down the price and still get the device you want.
Factors That Can Affect the Price of Your Hearing Aid
Anything from where you live to which shop you visit can affect the total cost of a hearing device. How much you will pay for hearing aids will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Your condition. Some people can correct their hearing loss with aids at lower price points, while others will benefit much more from more sophisticated devices. A free hearing aid trial is especially helpful if you are considering a device with a high price tag, as it helps you compare the quality of each device.
- One vs. two. Many people only need one hearing device instead of two, instantly cutting the cost of their treatment in half.
- Insurance options. Some hearing care providers accept insurance for hearing aids, while many costs of hearing aids for children can be mostly or completely covered through state or federal assistance programs.
- Optional extras. Hearing aids that offer wireless functionality or compatibility with smartphones typically cost more than those that don’t. If these features don’t matter to you, you could save hundreds off your price.
- Additional services. Some retailers will charge extra for cleaning, modifications, batteries, warranties, and other necessities that make your device function. If your device is fitted by a hearing care provider, many of these services will be included when you purchase a device.
At Premier Hearing Center, our hearing care specialists always inform patients of the total cost of each hearing aid before they buy. We also offer many ways to manage the total cost, including financing options and custom payment plans. Call or visit our offices to try out our top-of-the-line hearing aids today!