Hearing is an essential part of communication. It involves the ability to detect and make sense of sound in our environment. A decline in hearing ability can lead to increased communication difficulty in all settings, especially background noise. Many people report being able to HEAR, but not UNDERSTAND. These symptoms mostly present themselves gradually; therefore people find themselves compensating for many years before actually getting tested. In certain instances, hearing loss can be sudden and should be diagnosed and treated immediately!
Now, when should somebody have a hearing test done? Other than when there is a sudden hearing loss, as mentioned prior, you should have a hearing test as part of your routine health checkup. We get our eyes checked, our teeth checked, why not our ears? Other examples of when to get tested are if you find yourself asking for more and more people to repeat themselves, find yourself putting in a lot of effort to hear others, or are feeling like you are sounding “under water”. Family members and friends can often times be the first to notice your decline in hearing sensitivity and will tell you themselves. Finally, ringing, buzzing, hissing or any other sound in your ears (tinnitus), 80% of the time, is a result of auditory damage which in turn leads to hearing loss.
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms or are curious to check the status of your hearing, a diagnostic hearing evaluation by an Audiologist is a great place to start. Tustin Hearing Center has 6 Doctors of Audiology who specialize in hearing and hearing related disorders. We would be honored to work with you and help answer any questions you may have!
Dr. Kasra Abolhosseini
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)/ Fellow of American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA)
Tustin Hearing Center