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Getting a Hearing Test

A hearing test is not something to feel anxious about. Tests that are geared at checking your hearing can be given to children, teens and adults of every age. They are administered in order to determine how well a person is able to hear and to assess and evaluate whether they require a hearing aid.

It is understandable that a person would want to do well on this test but it is important to bear in mind that this test has as its sole intention to figure out if you require hearing assistance or not. A hearing test is a step in the right direction for medical treatment if your hearing is not what it once was.

If you have been scheduled for a hearing test then you should avoid any loud noises for approximately 16 hours prior to the scheduled time for the test. Exposure to loud noises such as those found at rock concerts, nightclubs or sporting events can temporarily affect your hearing and this can lead to an inaccurate reading. If you have been exposed to a loud noise(s) that was beyond your control then make sure that you inform the person giving you the test of this fact. In this way he or she will take this into consideration when the results are being interpreted.

Listening carefully when the hearing test is taking place is of utmost importance. During a hearing screening participants are instructed to put a set of headphones on and then from there to respond when they hear specific tones. The tones will not all be the same and some can be difficult to identify. During the test it is imperative that you pay complete attention to the task that is taking place. Any and all distractions must be avoided. You need to concentrate on what you are involved with at the moment. Some people close their eyes in order to pay full attention to what they are listening to. Whether you choose to do this or not is up to you.

Some of the sounds that you may hear during the screening will be very faint and you may wonder whether you heard anything at all. Respond every time you even think that you heard a sound. If you think you hear something and it turns out that there was no sound then this will be recorded as a false response and it will be calculated into your assessment in the end.

You cannot cheat or trick your way through a hearing test so do not even try. If there are tones you are unable to distinguish and you attempt to guess then the administrator will be able to figure this out. The person giving you the test is aware of when tones make a sound and will know when your pattern of response is not in coordination with the pattern of the tones.


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