A hearing test is the portion of your ear exam that will measure how sound reaches your brain. Vibrating air, fluid, and solid materials are where the sounds come from that we hear. These vibrating substances produce sound waves which will vibrate at a certain frequency and have certain amplitude. The speed of the vibrating sound wave will determine the pitch of the sound. This amplitude of the sound wave will determine the volume of the sound.
Sound waves travel through your ear and are transformed into nerve impulses which creates hearing. These nerve impulses are then heard by the brain after being sent through the ear. A hearing test will measure your ability to hear sounds and help determine the hearing loss you may have.
The Importance of Having Your Hearing Tested
- Hearing tests are done on babies and youth to test for hearing problems that may affect their learning, speaking, or comprehension abilities. It is a requirement that any baby born in a hospital in the United States be tested for hearing loss in all 50 states. Doctors and health organizations recommend testing your hearing regularly. You should speak with your doctor about when you and your child should be tested.
- Many schools test children’s hearing abilities when they first start school because speech, behavior, and learning problems are related to hearing loss in children. Hearing should be checked by your doctor regularly like you would do with eyesight and health.
- If you find it difficult to understand words in a conversation then you should have your hearing tested to determine if you have a hearing loss.
- If an adult seems to not listen or respond during a conversation they are typically mistaken for ignoring or low mental capacity when in reality it may be hearing loss. Hearing tests should be done for older adults on a regular basis.
- If you are around loud noises on a regular basis or if you take an antibiotic frequently you should be screened for hearing loss.
- A hearing test should be done to determine the hearing loss you have and how severe it is. There are three types of hearing loss conductive, sensorineural, or a mix of both. Conductive hearing loss means that sound cannot move into the inner ear because it is blocked. In sensorineural hearing loss sound reaches your inner ear, however there are problems in the ears nerves or in some cases the brain itself.