True or false: Hearing loss only affects "older people" and is merely a sign of aging.

The answer is false. In fact, according to the Better Hearing Institute, the majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the number one cause of hearing loss and it can affect people of any age. NIHL used to be associated mainly with people working in noisy environments, but with increased use of earbuds and MP3 players, younger people are subjecting themselves to potential ear damage. An article on HearIt.org refers to NIHL as a world-wide epidemic.

 

What is a hearing screening?

A hearing screening is a simple, painless and efficient method used to determine whether more extensive hearing tests are required. We'll ask for your hearing and medical history, then, we’ll conduct a visual inspection of the ear, an otoscopy as well as pure-tone testing.

 

Pass or Fail

When you "pass" our hearing screening, we will suggest that you return at least once a decade if you're under the age of 50. If you're over 50, we encourage you to return every three years. Also, if you exhibit new or worsening symptoms, don't hesitate to come back for another hearing screening.

If you should "fail" your hearing screening, we will conduct a series of more in-depth tests to determine the type, degree and severity of your hearing loss. We work with you to find the best solution to meet your specific needs. At Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, we offer comprehensive audiology services to patients throughout Northern New Jersey. You'll find our offices in Clifton, Paramus, Pompton Lakes, Mahwah and Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Don't hesitate, schedule your free hearing screening with us today.