Can You Pass a Hearing Test and Still Have Problems Hearing?
When it comes to helping you find out whether you have hearing loss, a hearing test is the best method available. It can pick up hearing loss and even help you learn whether it’s mild or severe, as well. For most people, it will provide precisely the answers you need.
However, there are some people who have gone through a hearing test, shown no signs of hearing loss, but still experience the symptoms of it. Can hearing tests be wrong and can you have hearing loss even if you pass it?
To put it concisely: no, hearing tests aren’t wrong, but yes, you may still have hearing loss if you pass the hearing test. Now, we’re going to look at why that’s the case.
There are different types of hearing loss
A hearing test will be able to pick up most types of hearing loss with the help of a hearing test, be it caused by age, exposure to loud noises, infection or something else. However, there are types of hearing loss that aren’t as easy to spot with the average hearing test.
Usually, a hearing test involves sitting in a soundproof room or booth. You may have a speaker with you, or have a pair of headphones to put on. The audio device will play notes of different pitches/frequencies and volumes, and you will be asked to respond when you hear them.
However, this type of hearing test may not accurately show your range of hearing if, for instance, you have an obstruction in your ear. If you have earwax or swelling that has been missed, removing the obstruction could recover your hearing.
Another type of hearing loss that a hearing test may not pick up is the auditory processing disorder. This is when it’s not your ear causing problems with hearing, but your brain. The part of the brain that processes sound might not be working as it should be. This means you can have trouble hearing certain sounds, following conversations, following the direction of noise and so on.
The standard hearing test that you can get from most hearing health professionals is enough to pick up most types of regular hearing loss. However, when it comes to audio processing disorder and other causes, only an audiologist has the training necessary to test and diagnose the condition.
There are different types of hearing test
As mentioned, the standard, common hearing test involves sitting in a room and responding to noises you hear from speakers or a pair of headphones. However, audiologists offer a much more comprehensive range of tests to make sure that they don’t miss any kinds of hearing loss that are easy to skip over.
For instance, the audiologist will perform not just a tone test but a speech test. During this test, they will play voices or speak at different volumes and pitches, with different audio backgrounds. As such, if you only have trouble hearing speech but hear everything else fine, an audiologist will be able to pick up that type of hearing loss while others may not.
Others may also fail to notice if you have hearing loss, but it’s only mild enough to affect your hearing in social and loud environments. The quiet, soundproof booth is not the best environment to test for this. As such, you should ask your audiologist if their hearing involves trying to hear sounds and speech with different levels of background noise, as well.
What happens after your hearing test
If you think that you have one of the types of hearing loss mentioned above, then it’s important to go to an audiologist for a more comprehensive hearing test and examination. Even if it’s mild hearing loss that only affects your ability to listen to speech or to hear in noisy environments, a hearing aid is likely to be the right solution. It’s important to treat hearing loss early because even mild hearing loss can get progressively worse without treatment.
Furthermore, if you do have audio processing disorder, an audiologist likely won’t provide a hearing aid, but they do have other methods of treatment and tips to help you manage it.
Find out whether you have hearing loss
If you have had a hearing test, but it wasn’t performed by an audiologist, it’s important to make sure you get in touch with them. Only audiologists are qualified to diagnose hearing loss, not just test for it. Get in touch with Hearing Health Care to learn more by calling us at 843-497-6156 for our Myrtle Beach office and 843-488-2717 for our Conway office.