During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team at Preferred Hearing Centers is educating members of the community in Orlando about the danger of untreated conditions.

One of the best ways to combat rising instances of hearing loss across the country is for more people to get hearing evaluations.

These easy, pain-free consultations with a specialist are one of the best ways to uncover an underlying condition.

This is what you can expect during a hearing evaluation at Preferred Hearing Centers.

Let’s talk

When a specialist first sits down with you, they’ll want to find out about your concerns and current mindset.

That’s because people come for hearing evaluations for a variety of reasons, and it’s important for our team to understand their perspectives.

Some may be in denial that they have a hearing loss, while others may have witnessed symptoms, leaving them with worries.

Specialists spend time educating their patients on why treatment is essential. This process is participatory, referencing their day-to-day experiences.

Any loved ones present at the appointment are also brought into the conversation, making it a comprehensive discussion.

This gives specialists plenty of background information and sets the tone for how they progress the evaluation moving forward.

The tests

Following this, they’ll begin to analyze your hearing using a number of formal tests. These will give precise information about your capacity to understand sounds.

Most of these will take place in the sound booth, where you’ll follow simple instructions.

For example, to measure your hearing threshold, your specialist will ask you to listen to a series of beeps that gradually decrease in volume.

All you have to do is press a button when you hear something.

The results of your tests will be plotted on a special graph called an audiogram. With this, your specialist can precisely define the severity of a hearing loss.

The feedback

Once the hearing test is complete, your specialist will share the results with you instantly and provide a full diagnosis.

If you have a hearing loss, they can show you the innovative treatments that are available.

In particular, they’ll use their expertise to help those who are great candidates for hearing aids to find a device meeting their needs, prescription, and personal circumstances.

If you’re ready to move forward, you can be fitted during this initial meeting. Most patients can’t believe the difference the technology makes to their life instantly.

Are you concerned about hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact the team at Preferred Hearing Centers and they’ll offer rapid, professional advice.

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Mark D. Johnson, HAS, BC-HIS, A.C.A.

Mark began his career in the hearing healthcare field in 1993 with a major hearing aid/care provider. He opened his own practice in 1994 in Orlando, Fl.  In 1995, he became board-certified, and through continued training received his A.C.A. credentialing as a certified audioprosthologist in 1997. He has conducted many hearing educational workshops, both for professionals and for the general public, and trained many individuals in the hearing healthcare field.