Comprehensive Hearing Assessments

A dripping faucet wastes a gallon of water every day. Although you don’t notice it, over time it is costly.

Hearing loss is similar. You don’t notice the day-to-day changes until you begin to struggle to hear a conversation in a noisy restaurant or you have to turn up the volume on the TV to hear the dialogue.

The slow progress of hearing loss is among the reasons why 68% of people with a measurable hearing loss wait close to seven years before taking action to treat their hearing.

Unfortunately, during that time, you’re putting yourself at risk of developing negative mental and physical health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, balance disorders, cognitive decline, and more.

Rather than allow your hearing, your health, and your relationships to slowly deteriorate, learn the truth about your hearing with a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a professional audiologist.

A Patient Undergoing A Hearing Assessment at Magnolia Hearing

Is there a place to get a hearing
evaluation near me?

There is, and it’s right here in Magnolia. Our expert hearing assessments at Magnolia Hearing are quick, painless, provide immediate results, and lead to personalized hearing solutions.

Understanding Hearing Loss

“Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 35 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear,” according to the WHO. “The prevalence of hearing loss increases with age, among those older than 60 years, over 25% are affected by disabling hearing loss.”

The common signs or symptoms of hearing loss usually include:

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Noisy Environments

Struggling to understand what people are saying and/or misunderstanding what they say, especially in environments with background noise

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Missing Conversation

Frequently asking people to repeat themselves

TV Blasting

Listening to music or watching TV at a volume that irritates the people around you

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Phone Frustration

Difficulty understanding what people are saying on the phone

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Keeping Up

Lagging behind or struggling to keep up with a conversation

Losing Focus

Fatigue and stress from having to concentrate while listening to conversation

Hearing loss is usually noticed by those around you before you become aware that you’re struggling. If loved ones and friends are suggesting that you get your hearing checked, it’s a pretty good bet that you’re experiencing a hearing loss.

Common Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be either a congenital condition or one that is acquired. One out of every 1,000 children are born with a hearing loss, but most people, especially those over age 60, struggle with an acquired hearing loss that comes from one of six main causes, including:

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Presbycusis, age-related hearing loss, which involves the deterioration of the hair cells in the inner ear.
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Ear trauma from an explosion or a blow to your ear or head.
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Illnesses and diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, as well as infections that lead to the buildup of fluid in the middle ear.
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Ototoxic medications, such as cancer treatment drugs. Healthy Hearing provides a list of various classes of ototoxic medications.
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Exposure to loud noise. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the second leading cause of hearing loss and first in individuals between ages 17 and 65.
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Built-up or impacted earwax. It doesn’t seem all that serious, but too much earwax, which can become impacted, dampens the intensity of the sound entering your ears. This form of hearing loss can be corrected through professional earwax removal.

The precise hearing evaluations we provide at Magnolia Hearing will identify the type and severity of your hearing loss, allowing you to experience the relief of personalized hearing solutions.

F.A.Qs

Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Tests

What is a hearing test and why do I need one?

A hearing test measures the amount of hearing loss you’re experiencing at various frequencies. It is the only way to accurately diagnose a hearing impairment and come up with an adequate solution to address it.

How long does a typical hearing evaluation take?

Most hearing evaluations take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Are your audiologists certified and experienced?

Our audiologists are licensed as doctors of audiology in order to practice in the state of Washington.

What can I expect during a comprehensive hearing assessment?

A comprehensive hearing assessment is made up of four steps: a conversation about your case history, a physical examination of your ears, a series of non-intrusive diagnostic tests, and a discussion of test results.

Will the results of the hearing test be explained to me?

Unlike many lab tests, hearing test results are available as soon as testing is finished, which means that your audiologist will be able to explain the results of your hearing test during the same visit as testing.

What happens if the hearing test shows I have a hearing loss?

If your hearing test shows that you have a hearing loss, then your audiologist will discuss the various options you have available, such as medications or medication changes, surgical procedures to remove obstructions, hearing aids, and other electronic hearing devices.

Do you provide recommendations for hearing aids if needed?

Yes. If you need hearing aids, we will provide hearing aid recommendations for various models that are best suited to address your specific type and level of hearing loss. We also will help you choose the one you’ll be most comfortable wearing.

Is the clinic equipped with advanced hearing diagnostic technology?

Yes. Our clinic makes use of the most advanced hearing diagnostic technology available to the hearing care industry.
The Process

What to Expect

A Conversation about You

Your audiologist will start your consultation with a conversation about you. You will be asked questions related to your hearing and overall health as well as medications you are taking, past surgeries, and your family history of hearing loss. You will be asked questions related to your lifestyle, occupation, and recreational activities to evaluate your risk of exposure to loud noise and to help us understand how active you are.

Physical Examination of Your Ears

Believe it or not, many people who suspect that they are losing their hearing find out that they are experiencing wax buildup or their ear canal is blocked by some foreign object. Your audiologist will use an otoscope (a magnifying glass with a tapered end and light at the tip) to conduct a physical examination of your ears, looking for any abnormalities such as growths, inflammation, and impacted earwax that might be obstructing the ear canal.

Audiometric Testing

Cutting-edge hearing diagnostics involves the use of audiometric testing to accurately diagnose your type and level of hearing loss. Any of the following tests may be included:

  • Pure Tone Audiometry. You will be fitted with headphones and asked to respond to tones transmitted through the headphones at varying frequencies and volume levels.
  • Speech Audiometry. Similar to the pure tone audiometry but using spoken words. It will measure levels of speech reception and sentence-in-noise (SIN) testing to evaluate your ability to understand conversational speech.
  • Bone Conduction Audiometry. A device is placed behind the ear in order to transmit tones directly into the inner ear, bypassing the outer and middle ear.
  • Tympanometry. Using an instrument that looks similar to an otoscope, your audiologist will test pressure on the eardrum to evaluate the condition of middle ear components and detect fluid in the middle ear.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE). Not as common as the other four tests, OAE testing measures the response of the hair cells in the inner ear, helping to determine the severity of your hearing loss.
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). This type of testing is most often used to test the hearing of infants and young children, but it can also be used to test individuals suspected to be experiencing auditory processing disorder (APD).

Discussion of Results and Options

The tests your audiologist uses will be plotted on a graph called an audiogram. Your audiogram shows your hearing thresholds at different frequencies, providing a specific measurement of the severity of hearing loss you are experiencing.

Your audiologist will explain what the results mean and provide hearing aid recommendations, if necessary during this discussion. However, if your hearing tests normal, or you have a mild impairment, your audiologist will discuss lifestyle changes, hearing protection, and other preventative measures to avoid further damage or deterioration of your hearing.

Schedule Your Hearing Assessment

Because the changes come on at such a slow pace, recognizing that you are experiencing hearing challenges can be difficult. Precise hearing evaluations are the best way to learn the truth about your hearing.

Magnolia Hearing is among the leading audiologist clinics in the Magnolia and Seattle areas. Our local hearing care services provide an accurate evaluation of your hearing and the most advanced technology solutions to help overcome your hearing challenges.

Submit the adjacent form to learn the truth about your hearing, and a member of our team will contact you to help schedule an appointment.

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