Comprehensive Hearing Assessments
Why Routine Hearing Assessments are So Important
Every time that you look in the mirror, you don’t notice the minuscule changes of ageing that have occurred, yet when you see old pictures of yourself, the differences are clear to see.
The challenge with hearing loss is that like ageing, it often happens very gradually which makes it very difficult to notice. Yet unlike ageing, you have no way to compare to what your hearing was once like, unless it is obvious what you are missing within daily interactions.
That’s why so many people don’t believe that they have a hearing loss and instead choose to continue life without addressing their hearing challenges.
Yet a simple hearing assessment allows you to get a clear picture of any hearing challenges that you may be facing and be able to understand the steps that can be taken to restore your level of hearing to what it once was.
It’s quick, non-invasive and you’ll receive the results immediately. This will allow you to either have a baseline to test against in the future, or a clear understanding of the treatment available to allow you.
How It Works
Step 1 - Consultation
Your consultation will start with a full explanation of our processes, meaning you will always know exactly what to expect at every stage along the way. We will have an in-depth conversation where we discuss your hearing loss concerns, we will review your medical and family history, run through the medications you currently take and talk about your lifestyle and treatment goals. The initial consultation establishes an honest communication between us and helps you to feel confident before we start out on the journey to better hearing together.
Step 2 - Evaluation
After we have completed your initial consultation we can move onto our evaluation stage.
The initial tests we carry out establish a baseline that we can use to assess your progress and the effectiveness of your chosen treatment. The hearing assessment might include some or all of the following:
– Physical Observation with an Otoscope
– Pure-Tone Preliminary Screening (includes transmitting different tones and frequencies through headphones)
– Speech Testing (an assessment of your speech reception threshold)
– Speech in Noise Testing (Quicksin)
– Tympanometry Testing (assesses fluid on the ear, perforated eardrum, or wax build-up using a puff of air)
– Acoustic Reflex Tests (evaluates how a tiny muscle in the middle ear reacts to sounds)
The initial evaluation means we can diagnose your hearing capacity whilst providing us with all of the information we need to support you in making a decision on the best treatment option. As part of our commitment to educating our patients we will walk you through each and every step of the procedures, the data generated, and will always explain what each piece of data means.
Step 3 - Decision Making
It is so important that you have a voice in the decision making process, that is why we walk you through each and every suitable option, empowering you to choose a treatment plan that is right for you and that suits your unique circumstances. We’ll present all of the options to you and will be there to answer any questions and discuss any concerns that you may have.
You are more than welcome to go away and speak to your loved ones and book a second appointment where we can go through your treatment plan again and get things moving as quickly as possible to help get you back on track to better hearing health.
Schedule an Assessment with Dr. Michelle
Would You Like Dr. Michelle to Care for Your Hearing?
Scheduling a hearing assessment is simple. You can visit our office in Florida Keys- simply by scheduling an appointment or if you would prefer an open conversation to learn more prior to your visit, then you can schedule a Virtual Appointment by clicking here.