Hearing Test

Are you able to hear the words that come out of the mouths of others, but can’t quite understand what they are trying to say? Is cranking up the volume on the television or computer the only way you can hear it, annoying everyone else in the room?

If these two scenarios are easily to relate to, then there’s a good chance you may need a hearing test. Auditory loss impacts millions of people around the world. The reason is it common is due to people increasing in age and the environment they live in. If you’re spending time at a job when high frequency noises are common or you enjoy going to concerts with loud music, there’s a good chance you’ve put yourself in a situation that will eventually impact your ability to perceive sound.It is natural to resist admitting that you’re having a problem.

Many people don’t like the idea of going to the doctor and getting a hearing test done. However, you should ask yourself questions about how your ability to understand other people affects your social life. Do you believe that most of the people around you speak too fast? Is it difficult to hear people when there is another source of noise in the room (such as music)?

Are you often asking people to repeat themselves? Is using a cell phone or home phone difficult for you, because understanding the person on the other end seems impossible? If you feel like your day-to-day life is getting complicated because you can’t understand people like you used to, you need to confront the situation head-on instead of resisting help.

While auditory loss is common, the reality is that a hearing test is usually not part of a person’s annual physical. Instead of letting this sense be diminished, you should ask a doctor to perform a checkup annually, so any kind of loss can be caught before your situation gets worse. While surgery can only fix some causes, there are plenty of hearing devices that can enhance the quality of your life.

You may want to avoid the test because you don’t want to learn that you need an aid, but consider the number of people who live day to day with auditory aids.At the end of the day, not being able to understand the people you love can be scary and frustrating. However, you can change your life by getting a hearing test.

An audiologist can give you the necessary guidance and suggestions for how you can improve your abilities. Instead of being afraid that you may end up needing an aid, get excited that a trip to seeing a medical professional can be the first step to getting your life back.

About the Author:
If you think you may be experiencing auditory loss, consider scheduling an appointment with a Binghamton NY hearing test specialist to get checked out. For the latest technology and caring, professional staff, visit http://www.miracle-ear-binghamton.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the lowest score you can have on your hearing test at meps for the Airforce?
    What is the lowest score you can have on your hearing test at meps for the Airforce?
    What is the lowest score you can have on your hearing test at meps for the armed services I have trouble hearing and I wanted to know

    • ANSWER:
      The MEPS test (audiologic evaluation) is a hearing test administered by giving the applicant a headset and a button. You push the button every time you hear a noies no matter how faint.

      They are testing to make sure you can hear pure tones at 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 cycles per second in varying decibel levels.

      There is no recognizable pattern to the tones and no way to know what tone is coming up next. So, what you’re faced with is a fairly difficult test for those that can’t hear well. It’s reccomended that you stop listening to loud music about three days in advance and maintain as close to total silence as you can for twelve hours prior to the test.

      Once you’ve taken the test, they can evaluate, based on the tones you could hear and the ones you could not, how well you can hear. So, the final grade is going to be evaluated on the frequency tones and the lowest volumes you heard each at. For instance, if you heard 500 at 20db, 1000 at 28db, 2000 at 30db, 3000 at 35db, and 4000 at 38db, they average the db levels and wind up with 30db which is considered mild hearing loss. They repeat this test in each ear.

      The ranges for hearing loss are:
      0-20db = normal hearing
      20-40db = mild hearing loss
      40-60db = moderate hearing loss
      60-80db = severe hearing loss
      >80 = profound hearing loss

      The military will take anyone that falls in or below the moderate hearing loss threshold of 60db. It will disqualify you from certain jobs, but you can still join the service. Hope this helps.

  2. QUESTION:
    How often should you have a hearing test?
    I’m 13 and I’ve never had a hearing test before? Is that OK?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually you get one in school, perhaps when you first enter. You really only need one if you are having trouble hearing, but it is a good idea to have a “baseline” test to have something to compare with.

      “Hearing tests

      Symptoms of hearing loss may include:

      * being inattentive,
      * talking too loudly and listening to the TV at a high volume,
      * mispronouncing words, and
      * being unsettled at school.

      Hearing tests should also be given to your child after certain conditions that can cause hearing loss, including:

      * bacterial meningitis,
      * prolonged treatment with ototoxic drugs (certain antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that may cause hearing loss), and
      * severe head injury.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it common for an infant to fail the prescreen and second hearing test?
    This is for a newborn hearing test.
    failed both hearing tests in the hosptial and released to see a specialist. Is this common?

    • ANSWER:
      My son failed the test twice. They did the test one last time before we left and he passed. At almost 11 months old he does not show any indication of hearing difficulties. So yes it is possible.
  4. QUESTION:
    What happens if someone fails a hearing test at MEPS?
    If someone doesnt do good on the hearing test, Can they try to join again but with a different branch?

    Also, which branch is it possible to go in with a hearing loss with no past history of hearing aids?

    • ANSWER:
      The medical portion of MEPS is for all branches. The records are kept on file at MEPS. The same MEPS station is used for all branches, so you cannot hide that you were there before.

      This is the standard for all 5 branches-
      Current hearing threshold level in either ear greater than that described below is disqualifying:

      (1) Pure tone at 500, 1000, and 2000 cycles per second for each ear of not more than 30 decibels (dB) on the average, with no individual level greater than 35 dB at those frequencies.

      (2) Pure tone level not more than 45 dB at 3000 cycles per second or 55 dB at 4000 cycles per second for each ear.

      (3) There is no standard for 6000 cycles per second.

      Current or history of hearing aid use (V53.2) is disqualifying.

  5. QUESTION:
    Did your newborn fail their hearing test before going home?
    My son was born 5 weeks early and the audiologist came to give him his hearing test before releasing him. He passed one and failed one the first day. Today the same thing happened and she said that, if anything, it could indicate a minor hearing loss. She said it may be nothing and we are to come back in 2 months to redo the test. Has anyone gone through this? What were the results later? Just wondering what his chances are! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      my child failed in one ear but not the other, when we came back she passed in both ears.