CareNow® - May 29, 2017

How To Know When An Audiometry Screening Is Needed

According to recent studies, approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of things and, if properly diagnosed, can be restored by hearing aids or surgery. In order to identify hearing loss, most doctors will recommend an audiometry screening. So how do you know if you may need this screening?

Most commonly, audiometry screenings are performed to detect hearing loss at an early stage. If you've experienced acoustic trauma, a head injury, chronic ear infections, a ruptured eardrum, inherited conditions or diseases of the inner ear, your doctor will likely suggest a screening for you. The exam will determine how well you hear sounds that vary in loudness and tone.

Many people have damaged their hearing due to listening to music too loudly. If you are listening to a sound greater than 85 decibels for more than a few hours, you can begin to experience hearing loss. For reference, a whisper is around 20 decibels, loud music is between 80 and 120 decibels and a jet engine is around 140 to 180 decibels.

When you receive an audiometry screening, you will be asked to wear headphones that are attached to an audiometer. This machine will release pure tones into one ear at a time. As you hear a sound, you will be asked to raise a hand, press a button or give some other indicator.

If you're suffering from hearing loss and believe you would benefit from an audiometry screening, consider visiting your local CareNow urgent care facility.We have 29 locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (with more opening soon!), along with locations in Las Vegas, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Orlando, Northern Virginia, and Kansas City. Visit CareNow.com for a complete list of locations near you.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you