Nearly 38 million Americans live with hearing loss, so it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Despite that statistic, people wait an average of seven years before seeking help.
Whether it’s mild, moderate, or severe, your hearing loss could be putting your health in danger. From dementia to increased fall risk, seeking early treatment can decrease your need to worry about yourself or your loved ones. Do you suspect you may be one of the 38 million? Visit one of our nine locations in Charles City, IA, Hampton, IA, Britt, IA, Iowa Falls, IA, Mason City, IA, Albert Lea, MN, New Hampton, IA, Osage, IA, Cresco, IA, to schedule a hearing evaluation.
Online Hearing Testing
Hearing Associates offers a free online hearing test that can help you decide if you should seek professional hearing services. The audio test includes a series of sounds at different volumes. We recommend you use headphones or earbuds during the process.
Depending on your score, you may need to receive a more comprehensive evaluation. Call 888.760.2032 to schedule a hearing test or VNG balance test at one of Hearing Associates’ offices in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
Our Hearing Evaluations
At Hearing Associates, we have the expertise and equipment to examine your hearing and balance issues thoroughly. Our testing options include:
- Basic Comprehensive Audiometry Test: Determines the degree of hearing loss using pure tones and word recognition testing.
- Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Testing: Assesses the function of the hair cells in the cochlea. OAEs are often used on infants or patients who cannot respond to basic comprehensive audiometry testing.
- Auditory Brainstem Response Audiometry (ABR): Checks the functionality of the auditory nerve from the cochlea to the brain and determines the auditory threshold.
- Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR): Used to determine audiometric thresholds.
- Acoustic Immittance Testing: Evaluates Eustachian tube function and identifies any fluid behind the eardrum.
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry: Usually applied to toddlers, this hearing evaluation uses a visual display to provide positive reinforcement for identifying a sound source.
- Conditioned Play Audiometry: Toys, blocks, cards and other objects are used to direct a child’s or infant’s focus toward a hearing test.
- Real Ear Hearing Aid Test: Used to validate hearing aid fittings by ensuring proper audibility.
- 2CC Hearing Aid Test: A variety of tests that determine the functionality of hearing aids, including output, gain and battery drain.