Hearing loss can occur during any period of life, especially the older you become. Everything from attending a rock concert to watching fireworks on the Fourth of July can provoke tinnitus, ringing or buzzing in the ears that, according to Harvard Medical School, affects more than 50 million people in the United States. Scheduling a Hearing check with a hearing health care professional can help recognize if you are suffering from any form of auditory impairment, and get you on the right path towards treatment.
Here are some of the effective and different ways hearing tests can help adults:
Pure tone testing
Pure tone audiometry exams involve using a machine called an audiometer to create sounds at a variety of frequencies and volume. All the test takes is wearing a set of headphones and pushing a button whenever you hear a sound coming through one ear. This helps test the auditory capabilities of both ears, and also can detect possible one-sided hearing problems symptoms.
Bone conduction test
Your ear is home to the tiniest bones found in the entire body, and if damaged, can result in hearing loss. A bone conduction test is conducted with a vibrating probe placed behind the mastoid bone of the ear, testing whether or not sounds are being properly transmitted through the bone.
improve job’s performance
A recent study conducted in Washington DC, found that adults who treat their hearing loss have a higher employment rate than their peers who do not
This study showed that people with normal and people with hearing loss who wore hearing aids had a similar unemployment rate at 7.8 and 8.3 percent respectively, but that the unemployment rate of those with hearing loss who didn’t wear hearing aids was nearly double, at 15.6 percent.
Social isolation and depression
No matter what your age, if you are unable to interact with others and enjoy group activities because you cannot hear clearly, you may choose to isolate yourself rather than struggle to be a part of a group. This can lead to depression and further isolation. When this occurs because of undiagnosed hearing loss, it is especially tragic. After the age of 60, adults should have their hearing tested annually. These tests can prevent isolation and depression as people age.