At a Northern Kentucky hearing test at one of Scott Beall’s Miracle-Ear hearing centers, specialists investigate a patient’s hearing loss from many different angles. Some portions of the test will be highly scientific and utilize cutting-edge technology. Other portions will be more focused on the social aspects of the hearing loss—how it’s affecting not just the patient, but also the patient’s spouse, children and close friends. This social aspect is something that many potential patients don’t fully realize at first. Some are in denial about the extent of their hearing loss, and what that hearing loss means. But ask anyone close to the patient and they’ll tell a story filled with frustration, confusion and an eventual withdrawal from the social occasions that used to bring the patient such joy.
This is one reason why it’s important for a patient to bring a close companion along to the Northern Kentucky hearing test. These companions don’t just provide comfort and support for the potentially wary patient; they can also provide a needed perspective on the patient’s hearing loss to the hearing specialist. Much of this ground is covered when the patient and companion first arrive for a hearing test in Northern Kentucky. The hearing specialist conducts a thorough interview of both people to get a better handle on the extent of the hearing impairment and how it’s affecting day-to-day living. This can often be an eye-opening experience for the patient who might stubbornly believe his or her hearing loss isn’t that big of a deal.
The next part of the hearing test in Northern Kentucky often involves a video otoscope. This is a device that the hearing specialists use to peer into the patients’ ear canals. There is a video monitor attached to the device, so the patient can see the inside of their ears. The companions will also lend their voices to a number of tests that can show the patients just how different their hearing would be with hearing aids. Once the patient decides to purchase hearing aids, the specialists are able to customize them with great precision thanks to the new Avant Real Ear Measurement System that Beall’s hearing centers are all equipped with.
Beall suggest that men and women who are 50-years-old and older should get their hearing tested once a year. But hearing loss is affecting Americans at younger and younger ages. Much of this is due to the loud volumes the youth listen to music at through their earphones. Anyone who suspects they’ve suffered hearing loss should get a free, comprehensive test as soon as possible.