Hearing test (audiogram)
If you are exposed to a noise level of 80dB(A) or higher on a daily basis, then it is important to have a hearing test, also known as an audiogram. Having regular hearing tests can help establish at an early stage whether you are experiencing hearing loss.
What does a hearing test measure?
An audiogram measures hearing in all frequency ranges to determine whether hearing loss has occurred.
How to recognise hearing loss
In most cases, hearing loss develops gradually – so gradually that you may not notice it at first. You may find yourself straining to hear soft sounds.
If you suspect that you have a permanent hearing loss, check for any of the following symptoms:
- You are no longer able to hear high-frequency or soft sounds
- You have to strain to hear others or make a phone call in a noisy room
- You hear a ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in your ears
If you have any of the above symptoms, then schedule a hearing test to find out how extensive your hearing loss is.
When is noise harmful to hearing?
We perceive sounds through our ears because of changes in air pressure. Noise in excess of 80 dB(A) can damage hearing. If you can talk to someone without raising your voice, then the background noise is probably below 80 dB(A).
Noise can be harmful to hearing if:
- You have to raise your voice to be understood by someone who is nearby (within a normal conversational distance)
- Your ears ring or buzz after a day of work
- You have trouble following a conversation or a TV programme for several hours after work
In the above cases, try to find ways to protect your hearing, for example by wearing earplugs, and be sure to schedule yourself for a hearing test.
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