Unique hearing abilities require unique solutions
In the world of hearing, each of us functions quite differently. You may know a variety of people in your life with hearing deficits. Some may seek treatment, some choose not to. There are folks that are successful with solutions designed to help them and some that don’t seem to do quite as well.
Yes, it can be the fault of the provider or even the actual product. These are factors that can be easily corrected and that’s a whole other discussion. The topic at hand is that our ability to understand, process, and listen differs for each of us.
Hearing loss is complicated
Two people with the same profile of hearing are most likely not hearing in the exact same way. The science of audiology is an art, and crafting a treatment plan requires skillful interpretation of data.
There are many reasons for changes in hearing which in turn affect different working parts of the ear and brain. Each of us will interpret or process uniquely because brain function varies individually.
Why measure understanding?
The first consideration is the ability to understand speech. This is one measurement completed during a comprehensive evaluation. When speech is made loud enough for some, it may not be perceived as “normal”. It may sound like the radio is dialed between two stations. And for others that understand perfectly when the volume is raised, well those are the happiest of hearing aid wearers.
Why measure hearing in background noise?
Secondly, hearing in the presence of background noise is an ability that varies individually. In a thorough evaluation, this measurement is always included. If hearing at a table of eight at your favorite restaurant is a goal, it is important to create realistic expectations and design a solution to help you maximize what is possible.
Why measure speech processing?
Lastly, the brain’s ability to process and interpret speech can have a significant impact on hearing. If processing speech is an area of concern, there are batteries of tests available for a complete and proper evaluation by an audiologist. Understanding individual challenges and meeting those needs should be part of the treatment plan.
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If someone you know is frustrated and not hearing well, it may be more complicated than you realize. An audiologist can explain what personally can be achieved based on individual findings. Give us a try.