Q. Yes, I ask people to repeat … a lot. Yes, I often mishear people. And yes, every day I nod and smile, though I do not understand what was just said. But the thought of a hearing test scares me. What can I do?
A. You are experiencing a very common malady I call ‘Hearing Test Phobia’. ‘HTP’ is the fear that afflicts people when they consider getting a hearing test.
The word ‘TEST’ makes some people anxious. You might have some hearing loss, but you never ‘fail’ a hearing test. Call it a ‘hearing baseline’, or a ‘hearing review’. Does that feel better?
Some people fear the results will be worse than they thought. A hearing test simply measures a person’s ability to detect sounds. FYI – most people hear some sounds at a normal level, while other sounds are harder to detect.
Some people equate a hearing test to a mental test because poor hearing can feel like you are losing your mind. In fact, your brain is hungry for the missing information and feels a tremendous relief when it hears better again.
You might be unnerved thinking you must buy hearing aids if you get a hearing test. That is not the case. However, if you benefit enough from hearing aids, then yes, you might buy some.
Put HTP behind you. Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will listen to the newest hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so you can fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.