Comprehensive Hearing Assessments
Top-Level Hearing Care Starts with a Comprehensive Hearing Assessment
Are you finding your friends and loved ones complaining that the volume on your television is too loud? Does it annoy you that everyone seems to be mumbling? Is it becoming difficult to enjoy a night out or a family gathering? Are family and friends harassing you about getting your hearing checked?
As it becomes more difficult to communicate, conversations, get-togethers with friends, and telephone conversations become stressful and annoying.
The development of hearing loss is a lot like watching paint dry – a day-by-day, gradual process that is difficult to identify until communication becomes a struggle.
Consequently, your friends and loved ones will probably notice the change before you do, which is why those who care about you the most are encouraging you to have your hearing tested.
Those who put off scheduling a hearing assessment usually point to one or several myths as the reason. We’re busting a half-dozen myths about hearing tests to encourage you to give a hearing test serious consideration.
The Biggest Hearing Myths … Busted!
In spite of greater access to information in our modern age, many still allow unproven theories and beliefs to guide their decisions about hearing tests. Here are six of the most common myths about hearing tests followed by the truth to provide you with greater clarity to make an informed decision.
MYTH #1: My hearing loss isn’t harming anyone, so there is no need for a hearing test.
FACT: You are the person most harmed by hearing loss. Besides negatively affecting your quality of life and capacity to communicate, hearing loss contributes to depression, anxiety, and isolation as well as increasing your risk for additional physical health conditions. These issues make you more dependent on others and strain relationships at home and at work. Early detection of hearing loss and treatment can limit its negative effects.
MYTH #2: I would know if I had a hearing loss, so there is no need for a test.
FACT: Because hearing loss progresses very slowly over an extended period of time, most people fail to recognize or admit to it before it becomes a struggle to communicate. Objectivity allows others to identify something that you cannot. Friends and loved ones are apt to notice your hearing loss before you do. Your wisest choice is to take their advice and get your hearing checked.
MYTH #3: Hearing loss just means that things aren’t loud enough. Just turn up the volume and skip the hearing test.
FACT: Hearing clarity is as important, if not more so, as loudness. Difficulty hearing when there is a lot of background noise indicates a reduced capacity to distinguish close and distant sounds. Misunderstanding speech typically relates to a difficulty distinguishing between different consonants. These difficulties along with struggling to understand phone conversations or the voices of women and children are issues related to clarity, which can be identified through a hearing assessment.
MYTH #4: Hearing tests are for old people.
FACT: Research indicates that almost 20% of the adult population in the U.S. experiences some degree of hearing loss, which also includes those between the ages of 18 and 44. Age-related hearing loss is only one of several causes for hearing loss, which includes injury from an excessive noise event, noise exposure, ototoxic medication, genetics, diseases, brain injuries, and other causes. Hearing tests identify hearing loss related to these causes regardless of age.
MYTH #5: Hearing tests don’t reveal any new or significant information.
FACT: As your capacity to hear decreases, your brain adapts and compensates, which reduces your capacity to determine how severe the problem has become. A hearing test can help to reveal the extent of your hearing problem as well as identify the best treatment options or devices to correct the issue. Hearing tests establish the parameters for custom programming a hearing aid or an assistive listening device, which will produce the best results for your specific condition.
MYTH #6: Hearing tests hurt.
FACT: A hearing test is a non-invasive process. Our comprehensive hearing assessments are comfortable and painless in a relaxed and caring atmosphere. There are four steps to our hearing assessment process, including:
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Ken Wood and staff are great. Their passion and understanding for people with hearing loss surpasses all.
UpState is the place for me. Thank you.
I have used hearing aids for around thirty years. UpState Hearing is the best. They treat you like family and are very concerned. Ken, you have surrounded yourself with a great team. Thanks.
How a Hearing Assessment Works
1 - Welcoming You to Our Clinic.
Although COVID-19 protocols have made serving you a hot cup of coffee in our comfortable waiting room more difficult, we still go out of our way to provide you with a warm welcome in a relaxed atmosphere where we’re focused on both your safety and comfort. Due to social distancing, filling out your paperwork is something we ask our patients to do at home instead of in our waiting room.
2 - Getting to Know You
The first part of your hearing assessment is a friendly conversation in a private room. Besides our interest in getting to know you better, this conversation allows you to tell us about the difficulties you are experiencing, provide us with some background relating to your family, medical history, occupation, and lifestyle, and ask us questions about the hearing test and the care we provide.
3 - Getting Your Hearing Assessment
The “official” hearing assessment includes seating you in a soundproof booth and fitting you with a set of high-quality headphones. Using an audiometer, we’ll play a range of sounds or spoken words at various frequencies and volume levels. This includes verification and validation wording. This demonstrates which frequencies you are not hearing as well as the volume thresholds for your hearing. This data is plotted onto an audiogram for us to study.
4 - Reviewing Your Results
Once we’ve completed our testing, we’ll review the results of your audiogram. At this point, we will discuss any hearing loss you might have and the options available to meet your specific needs. Your input is the most important part of this process, because our objective is to combine your needs with your lifestyle and personal preferences.
Because it comes on so slowly, you might fail to recognize that you have a hearing loss. Friends and loved ones are your best guide when it comes to getting the help you need.
Follow their caring advice and the facts we’ve listed above instead of clinging to the myths about hearing tests, so you can continue living an independent and rewarding lifestyle.
Schedule Your Comprehensive Hearing Assessment
To schedule your COVID-safe, low-contact hearing assessment, simply complete this form. A member of our team will then reach out to schedule a convenient date/time at your preferred location.
Hearing Loss Stories
My first experience of Upstate hearing Instruments were the immediate increase in hearing levels
There was multiple indicators that signified that I had a hearing loss, but I had a small hesitation to address this because of the stigma and concerns about resistance to sweating, exercising, batteries and convenience.
You will be very happy with your decision if you visit Upstate Hearing Instruments.
My advice to anybody that is considering visiting Upstate Hearing Instruments is that it’s the place to go
I was struggling to hear at work which was impacting my job. My first impressions of Upstate Hearing Instruments was how great Ken’s presentation was. As I’m practically deaf without my hearing aids, they have greatly impacted my life.
The staff is warm and friendly, and they served very good cookies and coffee
After I retired, I noticed the hearing in my left ear was not good. I got an aid for that ear. I lived in the Bay area and purchased the aid there. Upstate Hearing is a very pleasant place. The staff is warm and friendly, and they served very good cookies and coffee.
I thought everyone there was very professional, they answered all of my questions, and they were compassionate
I first realized that I might have a hearing loss when I was unable to hear normal conversations in a crowd. At first, I was concerned that I was too young for hearing aids and about the stigma of wearing hearing aid devices. During my first visit to Upstate Hearing, I thought everyone there was very professional, they answered all of my questions, and they were compassionate.
I found everyone at Upstate Hearing to be friendly, not pushy, and the demos were a plus
I first noticed that I had a hearing loss several years ago. Before coming to Upstate Hearing, I was concerned that I would not like them [hearing aids] and that I’d get possible feedback noise. I found everyone at Upstate Hearing to be friendly, not pushy, and the demos were a plus.
I thought the office was friendly and kind, and the technician was very accurate in describing my symptoms
I first realized that I might have a hearing loss when I was working and noticed that previously I could tell when my phone was ringing no matter where I was in the room, and then I couldn’t tell where the ringing was coming from. I noticed even when I was next to my phone that I couldn’t distinguish which phone was ringing.
Claudia Joy O'C.
Upstate Hearing has great staff at their office in Redding. They really helped me to ask questions
Upstate Hearing has great staff at their office in Redding. They really helped me to ask questions. Also, our special specialist Joshua Fockler went through the product, how to use it, and made adjustments to the hearing aids. He explained how to use them and the maintenance of the equipment.