A VISUAL SYMPHONY OF SOUND
What is an Audiogram?
An audiogram is a diagnostic tool used to measure and graphically represent a person's hearing ability across various frequencies and intensities.
Audiograms play a crucial role in diagnosing hearing loss and guiding appropriate treatment decisions, which may include hearing aids, cochlear implants, medical interventions, or counseling. Regular audiometric testing can also monitor changes in hearing over time and ensure timely interventions to improve an individual's quality of life and communication abilities.
How do Audiograms work?
A licensed audiologist or hearing healthcare professional typically administers audiograms in a soundproof environment. They guide the individual through various tones and intensities, asking them to respond whenever they hear a sound.
The results are plotted on the audiogram, providing a clear visual representation of the person's hearing thresholds across different frequencies.
Results are plotted on the audiogram using symbols to indicate the softest sounds heard at each frequency. The shape and pattern of the symbols help identify the type and degree of hearing loss, such as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.
Who should get an Audiogram?
Audiograms can provide a valuable diagnostic tool that can provide crucial insights into an individual's hearing health. It is recommended for various groups of people, including:
Adults Experiencing Hearing Issues. Anyone who notices changes in their hearing, such as difficulty understanding conversations, frequently asking others to repeat themselves, or struggling to hear in noisy environments, should consider getting an audiogram. This is especially important if these issues impact their daily life and communication.
Seniors. Hearing loss is more common as people age. Regular hearing assessments, including audiograms, can help seniors monitor their hearing health and address any changes early on.
Children. Children should have their hearing tested early in life, ideally as part of newborn hearing screening programs or during their first few years. This helps identify any hearing loss or issues that could affect speech and language development.
Individuals Exposed to Noise. People who are regularly exposed to loud noises, such as in workplaces with high noise levels or those who enjoy activities like live concerts, shooting, or motorsports, should have periodic hearing assessments. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.
Those with Ear Infections or Conditions. Individuals with a history of ear infections, ear injuries, or ear-related medical conditions should consider regular hearing assessments to monitor for any changes or damage to their hearing.
Individuals Using Hearing Devices. Individuals who already use hearing aids or other hearing devices should have regular audiograms to ensure their devices are properly calibrated and meeting their hearing needs.