Evaluating Hearing Loss

Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses the process for the assessment and treatment of hearing and how it is a a multi step process..

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Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses the process for the assessment and treatment of hearing and how it is a a multi step process..
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Featuring Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D., Audiologist

Duration: 3 minutes, 2 seconds

The process for the assessment and treatment of hearing and hearing loss is a multistep process.  

It begins with an interview phase. We collect information about medical history. Following that we do a physical examination of the ear. We want to make sure, of course, that there’s no wax blocking the ear canal which may cause the hearing loss.

Following that we do diagnostics, and following that we discuss solutions that would be appropriate for you.

The results that we hope to obtain from a hearing assessment vary by individual. If a hearing loss is identified, treatment exists typically of use of hearing instruments as well as effective listening strategies.  

One of the identifiers of hearing loss before an assessment may be difficulty following speech in the presence of loud noise such as you’re going to your favorite restaurant and not being able to follow your partner across the table.

When you come in for your hearing assessment, you’ll be taken into a sound treated booth where you will go through physiologic measures which require no participation from you whatsoever.  

You’ll also go through conventional audiometry procedures which do require you to respond to different clicking sounds. Following that we talk about solutions for your hearing loss if hearing loss is found.  

And if you proceed with hearing instruments, the assessment and the treatment of hearing loss with the use of hearing instruments entails a number of different verification procedures.

One is the use of realer measures, which is using a little probe tube placed into the ear canal collecting sound both with and without hearing instruments in place. We also want to ensure that hearing instruments continue to function like they are expected to, which is why we do electrocoustic verification on them periodically.  

There’s a variety of different hearing instruments available to treat hearing loss. There are behin the ear hearing instruments. There are receiver in the canal instruments, in-the-ear hearing aids, canal hearing aids, completely in the canal hearing aids, and invisible in the canal hearing aids.

There is also a cyst of listening devices such as FM systems, systems to use with your television, as well as systems to use – that allow you to hear better on the telephone. 

Hearing instruments will help people hear better. That is the goal of hearing instruments. They will also help people feel better about themselves by overcoming obstacles with communication.

Hearing instruments can reduce social isolation by again allowing someone to participate in family get-togethers, going out to their favorite restaurant with a friend or a family member, and enjoying life.  

So if you feel that you have a hearing loss or are having communication difficulties, you should contact your audiologist for an assessment.

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Presenter: Dr. Mark Hansen, Audiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Audiologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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