Hearing loss affects more than 10 percent (1 in 10) of all Americans, and that proportion rises to one in four of adults 55 to 64 years old. By the time you reach age 65, your chance of having hearing loss reaches 50 percent, or one in two. Hearing loss can result from aging and from long-term exposure to loud noise, such as loud music or heavy machinery at work.
You may have hearing loss if you have these symptoms.
- Needing to ask people to speak louder, repeat themselves, or speak more clearly.
- Turning up the volume louder than other people want it.
- Having trouble with conversations in loud settings such as crowded restaurants.
- Feeling shy about being around people because you cannot follow the conversation.
Why Get Tested for Hearing Loss?
It is possible to have hearing loss without realizing it. You may not notice what you are missing. Or, you might think the words you miss are the result of something else, such as not paying enough attention. When you get tested for hearing loss, you can find out exactly what the problem is, and Dr. Fletcher can work with you to bring sounds back to your life as they should be.
Adult Hearing Tests
Before your test at the Georgia Center for Ear, Nose and Throat, your doctor will examine your ears to see whether there is earwax that can be reducing your ability to hear properly. Then you will have hearing tests that could involve:
- Listening to sounds at specific volumes.
- Seeing whether you can distinguish certain words.
- Audiometry where you wear headphones and listen to sounds through one ear at a time.
The result of the tests will help determine what care you need to get your hearing back as much as possible.