Free Online Hearing Test
Check Out Your Concerns with a Free Online Hearing TestIt is fairly common for an older individual to discover that he or she can no longer hear things quite as clearly as was once. The explanation lies in a process known as presbycusis, this means the capacity of the hearing organ to detect sounds begins to lessen gradually as we get older. Normally, this effect is barely noticeable and it will not be severe enough to create problems before retirement age. Auditory impairment tends to be progressive, a hearing test, which is now offered free online, is advisable should you feel you may have cause for concern.
Unfortunately, aging is not the only factor that can lead to impaired hearing. Ear infections, especially when stubborn and recurrent, can gradually reduce the ear’s response to sound. Certain medications can also cause a hearing loss. Paradoxically, among them, some of the very antibiotics used to treat ear infections have been known to cause hearing loss. NIHL or noise-induced hearing loss is, often unknowingly, affecting millions of people. A free online hearing test could well identify you as being one of them.
The people most at risk of NIHL were those employed in excessively noisy environments, such as busy production lines, mines, construction sites, and international airports, where jet aircraft are taking off and landing almost continuously. An hour’s exposure to a volume of 85 decibel can be sufficient to cause permanent impairment. These days strict legislation mandates hearing protection for employees and the general public. Nosie can induce progressive hearing loss, a free online test can indicate an impairment and suggest the best means to manage it.
The earlier the stage at which impairment is confirmed, the more effectively it can be managed. However, more often than not, those affected fail to recognise or to accept the signs, which means that their condition is left to progress. There may also be an element of embarrassment that sees many of them reluctant to admit to their condition and to seek professional help. The internet, has proved to be a great way to interact fairly anonymously.
If the results suggest you may have a degree of impairment that warrants further investigation, you will need to consult with an audiologist directly. The convenience of handling the preliminaries via the internet is a very effective way in which to delay such contact for those who may initially prefer to retain a degree of anonymity.
Should you decide to give it a try, there is absolutely no cause for concern with regards to the procedure employed in your free online hearing test. It could not be simpler. After supplying a few personal details and ticking the icons that indicate those areas in which you are experiencing difficulties, such as listening to the TV or conversing in a crowd, you are ready to start. Best undertaken when wearing earphones to exclude extraneous sounds, you will be required to identify a series of 3-digit number sequences spoken at varying volumes and accompanied by varying degrees of background noise.
Once your performance has been analysed by the application, you will receive a score comparing it with the average for your age, and advised whether any further action may be necessary based upon the outcome of your free online hearing test.
You need to be clear on a couple of facts about auditory impairment. Firstly, it affects people of all ages, even pre-teens who love to listen to music at full volume on their mobile devices. Secondly, it is irreversible and, finally, it tends to be progressive. Nevertheless, given the many advances in assisted hearing technology, modern hearing aids can enable most to manage their condition effectively, and to enjoy a normal lifestyle.
When you first become aware that you may have a problem is the best time to confirm or exclude it. For this reason, Ear Institute clinics in South Africa now supplement our live personal audiological consultation service with a free online hearing test.