Frequently Asked Questions Posted on September 13, 2022 by Swank Family Hearing If your questions are not answered below, please contact us directly. We are here to help. What are some symptoms of hearing loss in adults? Most hearing loss occurs gradually in adults, so the symptoms are often difficult to recognize. It might be time to consult an Audiologist if you or a loved one are experiencing one or more of the following problems: Trouble having conversations with friends and familyHaving to ask others to repeat themselvesDifficulty hearing during phone conversationsDifficulty following conversations where two or more people are talkingTurning the TV or radio volume up so loud that others complainHaving a hard time hearing when there is background noise such as in a car or restaurantFeeling like others are mumbling when they talk to youDifficulty understanding when women and children speakDifficulty hearing alarms or the doorbellSpeaking with a loud voiceNeeding to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow conversation What are some symptoms of hearing loss in babies and infants? not startling or becoming upset by sudden loud noisesnot recognizing familiar voices by the age of 3 monthsnot turn their head or eyes towards the source of a sound by the age of 6 monthsreferal from Newborn Hearing Testdelay in babbling/cooing or voice mimicry What are some symptoms of hearing loss in young children and adolescents? delay in speech and languagespeaking with a loud/raised voicelistening to music/TV at high volume for comprehensionsocial withdrawalunexplained academic issuesinattentivenessasking for clarification or repetition in conversation or spoken instruction If I suspect hearing loss, what should I do? If you suspect that you or a loved one may have hearing loss, it is best to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation with an audiologist. The audiologist will determine if hearing loss is present and work with you to develop a strategy to treat or manage the loss. What can I expect from a hearing evaluation? A hearing evaluation has several parts. First, the audiologist will establish your case history. This will involve a series of questions (often both written and verbal) that aim to provide in-depth information to the doctor. Second, the audiologist will inspect your outer ear, ear canal and ear drum for abnormalities or possible medical conditions. If a medical condition is suspected, you will be referred to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT). Third, the audiologist will escort you into a sound proof room called a sound booth. Here, you will listen to a series of sounds including beeps and words. You will be asked to indicate what you heard by pressing a button or repeating words back. At this time, the audiologist may conduct other optional tests to acquire further information. If additional testing is required, it will be explained thoroughly. Fourth, the audiologist explains your test results. At this time, you and the doctor will discuss what kind of management strategy, if any, will best fit your hearing needs and lifestyle. Call Swank Family Hearing at (775) 322-3269 for more information or to schedule an appointment.