If you or someone you love is having trouble hearing, it’s time to make an appointment with an ear-health professional who can administer tests to determine what’s going on with the auditory system. The process begins with a thorough, painless hearing evaluation, which typically takes 30-45 minutes.
The results of that evaluation are displayed on a chart of your hearing called an audiogram. This chart is the focus of a free guide by Healthy Hearing entitled Your Audiogram and the Types of Hearing Loss: The Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Hearing.
Using colorful graphics and straight forward text, the guide explains the terminology, tests and degrees of hearing loss indicated on the chart and gives information and encouragement for those suffering from, or living with, individuals with untreated hearing loss.
Charts can be intimidating pictures of confusing information unless you know how to understand them. The Healthy Hearing guide explains what the audiologist was measuring during your evaluation and how those levels are depicted on your chart – or audiogram. The method by which loudness and frequency are measured is explained, along with terminology you may encounter during the hearing evaluation such as thresholds and air conduction testing.
A color illustration of a sample audiogram is represented in the guide, along with easy-to-understand explanations of the chart and symbols. The guide also explains bone conductive testing and how these results are reflected on your audiogram.
The degrees of hearing loss, according to standards set by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, are explained in this Healthy Hearing guide.
The varying degrees of hearing loss range from mild and moderate, which are often alleviated with the use of hearing aids, to severe and profound, which may be improved with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Treatment plans depend upon each individual’s type of hearing loss.
In the guide, you’ll learn how hearing care professionals use the results of the audiogram to determine what type of hearing loss has occurred. Three types of hearing loss – conductive, sensorineural or mixed – are explained. The section ‘Recommendations’ includes information you may receive following the outcome of your hearing evaluation, along with ways to protect and improve your hearing.
Links in the guide provide more information on the significance of the audiogram, types and degrees of hearing loss, financial dangers of untreated hearing loss and news on hearing protection.
Studies indicate those suffering from untreated hearing loss are at a greater risk for developing other quality of life issues, such as depression and anxiety. In the Hearing Loss and Quality of Life section of the guide, an easy-to-read table illustrates the summary of findings by the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) study on the benefits of treated hearing loss.
People who treated their hearing loss noticed significant improvement in their quality of life, including relationships at home, feelings of safety and life overall. Their families reported similar improvements.
To download this free guide, visit http://www.healthyhearing.com/free-guide/hearing-loss.
Want to know more? Look for our other free guides in the Healthy Hearing series, including Guide to Hearing Aids, Hearing and Your Loved Ones, Hearing Loss and Treatment and How Do We Hear? The Anatomy of the Ear and How We Hear.