Audiologist vs Online Hearing Test: Which Is Right for You?

As you get older, you may have noticed that there’s been a change in your hearing. Maybe it’s harder to hear a client during a business meeting. Perhaps the loud, ambient noise at a restaurant suddenly makes it difficult to hear your spouse, who’s sitting just across the table. Or, when you offer to drive to lunch, your coworker complains that you always play the radio too loudly.

What does this change in your hearing mean?

Should you schedule an appointment with an audiologist? You might not be ready to wear an expensive hearing device and the extensive testing that comes with it might feel unnecessary and intrusive.

Can online tests truly be trusted, or should you see a medical professional?

Is an Audiologist Visit Necessary?

Perhaps you’re wondering if you can make time in your too-busy schedule to even make this appointment. You’ll have to endure the crowded waiting room, just so you can undergo time-consuming tests and a potentially expensive consultation. You might wonder if all of this is really necessary.

If your hearing loss is extensive, meeting with an audiologist is probably the best course of action for a successful outcome and a specific solution for your hearing needs.

We recommend this quick and easy test to determine whether a trip to the doctor is right for you:

  • Remove external sound stimuli, and rub your hands in front of your face. If you are unable to hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, it may be time to consult a doctor, and work closely with them to find a hearing solution that best works for you.
  • If you are able to hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, congratulations! Your hearing is strong enough that an online test will be accurate and effective enough to manage your hearing needs.

If your hearing struggles are moderate, but significant enough to interfere with your day-to-day life, a visit to the doctor is entirely optional in your quest for a hearing solution. A visit to an audiologist is costly and hearing devices offered through many health care providers are wildly expensive.

Is an Online Hearing Test a Viable Solution?

What’s the best thing about taking an online hearing test? The simplicity.

Our online hearing test is designed to accurately test for hearing loss in the comfort and privacy of your own home, with no time-consuming tests at the doctor’s office. It is accurate, quick, and easy, and at the end of your test, you receive a printable audiogram that will determine if you need any kind of hearing device and which one is the best fit for your hearing needs as well as your lifestyle.

The other advantage of taking an online hearing test is the money you will save. Many health insurance plans, including Medicare, do not cover hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations, or hearing aids themselves.

Monitor Your Hearing Over Time

Our online hearing test is also a great way to gauge your hearing over time. When you don’t have to make time for an appointment, you can take the hearing test at your convenience to evaluate how your hearing may be changing as time passes. It’s an invaluable, cost-free way to periodically monitor your hearing for changes.

Ready to improve your ability to hear the world around you—without having to leave the comfort of your home? Perhaps you want to invest in your hearing, but you still want to save money and receive a high-quality evaluation.

At Virtual Hearing Solutions, we believe that better hearing starts today. It’s time to give our online hearing test a try and check out our premium quality hearing aids, which are priced lower than what you would find at an audiologist!

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Tyrone Moore