Understanding a Hearing Test

Understanding a Hearing Test

In the initial meeting with an audiologist, there may be a sense of apprehension. Following a hearing test, the audiologist will guide you through a visual representation, explaining the chart’s indicators and symbols to ensure a thorough understanding of the results. Despite the initial complexity of the audiogram, familiarizing oneself with the related terminology facilitates a more seamless navigation and interpretation. This knowledge not only enhances communication with your audiologist but also provides a clearer insight into one’s hearing capabilities. With the assistance of the audiologist, individuals can gain an understanding of a hearing test and their hearing loss and discuss appropriate next steps, including the potential need for a hearing aid.

Understanding a Hearing Test: Frequencies and Beyond

An audiogram is a visual representation that delineates volume on the vertical axis and frequency on the horizontal axis. The vertical axis is quantified in decibels (dB). As the line ascends, the sound volume diminishes. The sound becomes barely perceptible at the uppermost point, which registers at zero decibels (dB). Progressing downward, the sound becomes progressively louder, reaching 100 dB. The horizontal axis is measured in hertz (Hz) and encompasses the range of 250 Hz to 8,000 Hz. Lower frequency sounds typically encompass vowel sounds, while notably higher frequencies characterize consonants.

Assessing the Audiogram

Please remember the following information: When interpreting the graph, your audiologist will provide guidance to ensure comprehension. You will commence at the top left corner of the graph, denoting the lowest frequency. Your audiologist will initiate the process by playing a sound at the lowest decibel level. Following your perception of the sound, they will mark 125 Hz and zero decibels. If you are unable to perceive the noise, an increased volume will be utilized. This process will continue until marks appear on the horizontal axis.

The Results of the Audiogram

Normal hearing encompasses the ability to detect a wide range of frequencies. The ability to perceive all sounds at 25 dB is typical for individuals with normal hearing. However, if an individual can only pick up a sound at 40 dB, it may indicate moderate hearing loss at that specific frequency. Following your hearing test, your audiologist will assess your results and elucidate the level of hearing loss, if present. If you wish to review your results for a more comprehensive understanding of your hearing loss, you may request a copy from your audiologist. The ranges of hearing loss are categorized as follows:

• Normal hearing is 0-25 dB
• Mild hearing loss is 20-40 dB
• Moderate hearing loss is 40-70 dB
• Severe hearing loss is 70-90 dB
• Profound hearing loss of above 90 dB

Once you have thoroughly understood your hearing loss and what to expect during your hearing appointment, you can make the most of the experience. Depending on the level of your hearing loss, your audiologist might recommend hearing aids.

If you are experiencing hearing loss and live in the NYC metro area, don’t hesitate to contact us today to get the help you need.

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