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How Will an Online Test Compare to an ENT or Audiologist Visit?

If you’ve been told to lower the television volume because it’s too loud or if you are frequently asking people to repeat themselves, you might want to run a quick test. Hearing loss can affect anybody, at any age and any time.

1 in 5 teens and 1 in 5 adults experience hearing loss, according to Hearing Health Foundation’s study. Hearing loss is not always evident, as it is generally a gradual deterioration.

If you have any doubts at all, you don’t need to “deal with it” until you can schedule an appointment. Technological advances are happening everyday making high quality hearing aids possible through the click of a button from the comfort of your own home.

What to expect: ENT or Audiologist Hearing Test

If you suspect your hearing loss is significant or may be accompanied with other factors, you may consider an in-person appointment with an ENT or Audiologist.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physicians are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of those respective areas. An audiologist, on the other hand, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Generally an in-person visit includes:

  • Health history review
  • Visual exam of your ears
  • Tone audiometry test focused on different tone levels in a sound-treated booth
  • Speed audiometry test focused on speech sounds
  • Tympanometry and acoustic reflex test to evaluate eardrum movement and responses of the middle ear muscles.

To avoid waiting for new patient availability, waiting room wait-time, as well as related costs, consider taking an online test first. If you’re results require physician follow-up, you’ll be ready to go with documentation of your current hearing status.

What to expect: Online hearing test

Online tests aren’t just about accessibility. With constantly improving technology, online hearing tests are accurate, simple and lower hurdles to receiving premium quality hearing aids today.

Online hearing tests are a good place to start if you have concerns. It’s quick, easy and affordable. Hearing loss is usually gradual. With an online hearing test you can track your hearing over time with the click of a button.

First you’ll start with a pre-test:

Rub your hands together in front of your face. If you have trouble hearing the sound of your hands rubbing together, we recommend you seek a professional evaluation from an audiologist or physician. If you can hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, you can move forward.

The hearing test:

  • You’ll take the test one ear at a time, starting with your better ear.
  • Following the instructions on the display, you’ll listen for a tone.
  • If you don’t hear it you’ll click the arrow just below it.
  • Once you hear the tone, click stop.
  • Go to the top of the second column and repeat.
  • You’ll complete 6 columns.
  • You’ll repeat this process with your other ear.

We recommend taking the test at least two times to confirm your initial results.

Will you receive a detailed report?

Your audiogram shows the softest sounds you can hear across different frequencies. In your report you can also select “overlay” to show your ability to hear conversational speech (vowels and consonants), as well as sounds of everyday life.

Like you would receive at an in-person visit, print, save and download your audiogram with your VHS account. This will help determine which hearing aids are best for your needs.

Benefits of an Online Test

Online tests come with numerous pros:

  • Test in the comfort and privacy of your own home
  • Accurate
  • Quick and easy, with no time-consuming visits to the doctor’s office
  • Printable audiogram
  • Plus, savings! Some health insurance plans do not cover hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations, or hearing aids themselves.

The best part? You likely have all of the equipment you’ll need to started with no additional expenses:

  • Computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • A quiet place
  • Fitting hearing aids virtually is fast and easy

Don’t Delay. Test Your Hearing.

We believe better hearing starts today! This on-line hearing test offers you an easy, fast way to determine whether you suffer from hearing loss. If you would like a consultation with a hearing health professional contact our customer service to find physicians in our network that offer our hearing aids and accessories at the same cost we list on our website.

With today’s digital technology, Virtual Hearing Solutions’ hearing aids are built and programmed so you can wear them straight of the box. You’ll also have access to video appointments with licensed audiologists for support in setup and fitting.

How well do you hear? Try this quick, free and easy at-home hearing test to find out. Start your free test.

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Tyrone Moore