Why It’s Difficult to Recognize Your Hearing Loss


Our children grow up without us even realizing.

That’s because as you’re with them every day, you don’t notice the small gradual changes of growth. Yet when you look back at photographs of them from just a few years ago, you’re surprised at just how much they have changed.

Your hearing is the same.

Due to the very slow gradual nature of hearing loss, it becomes practically impossible to notice any measureable difference in your level of hearing day to day, yet if you were able to compare the difference between now and several years ago, you would instantly notice the stark difference.

This is one of the main reasons why it’s often the people around us that notice the decline in hearing before we do. The biggest problem with hearing loss is that an untreated hearing loss continues to worsen and the longer it is left untreated, the worse it gets.

These are the reasons that we’re so passionate about regular hearing assessments and taking action upon noticing the first signs of hearing loss.

Whether it’s simple things like having the television louder than you used to, or you’re struggling to hear conversations in noisy environments, the best decision that you can make is to schedule a hearing assessment as a precaution at the very least.

To schedule your comprehensive hearing assessment, you can complete the form on this page, or you can call us at (325) 437-4730 .

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What Happens at a Hearing Evaluation?

1. A Big Friendly "Hello"

We want to visit with you and your most familiar voice, a family member or close friend, and understand the reasons you’ve decided to have your hearing tested. Have you noticed difficulty understanding colleagues in meetings? Do you ask family or friends for repetition? Are you frustrated because you can’t understand a favorite television show, even with the volume turned up? Has your spouse accused you of not paying attention or having “selective hearing?” Do you have ringing in the ears?

2. Let's Look In Your Ears

We’ll now visually inspect youears. It’s an important step in understanding your hearing health. We’ll look at both the outer and inner parts of your ears. This will show if you have any foreign objects or wax blocking your ear canal. It will also allow us to analyze your eardrum and auditory nerves, to ensure they are looking healthy.  Once this review is complete, we’ll have a clear picture of any possible issues.

3. You'll Enter The Sound Booth

The hearing test is a simple processThis takes place in our dedicated sound booth, where you’ll listen to specially chosen noises played through a pair of headphones. For one of the testswe’ll give you a button, and it’s youjob to simply press it when you hear a beep. For another, we’ll ask you to repeat words, which will become softer over time. Once the tests are over, we’ll bring you back to our doctor’s office to discuss the results.

4. Review The Results

The hearing testprovide us with a detailed picture of your hearing capacity. Once paired with our visual inspection, we’ll be able to pinpoint the exact nature of your hearing loss or concernSome people’s results might reveal an ear infection. Other’s could suggest permanent damage. But whatever the outcome, your doctor of audiology will be able to break down the data and give you an accurate perspective oyour condition.

5. Let’s Make a Treatment Plan

Once we’ve discussed the outcome of the evaluationit’s time to begin your journey to better hearing. This starts with a treatment plan. These are unique to each person. Some people may require a referral to an ENT physician, who can administer medical procedures. Others may find theneed hearing technology to amplify the sounds passing through their ears. At Holland Hearing Center, we work hard with each patient to find the very best solution for them.