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Richlands: (276) 964-7465        
Grundy: (276) 935-1777        
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 6719 Governor G. C. Peery Hwy, Ste. 2500
   Richlands, VA 24641

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Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate questions you might have and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send email to info@associatedhearinganddiagnostics.com


How do I know if I have a hearing loss?

Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age.  It also may occur due to exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congential (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. You may have a hearing loss if ...

  • You hear people speaking, but you have to strain to understand their words.
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
  • You do not laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
  • You frequently complain that people mumble.
  • You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
  • You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse, and relatives.
  • You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
  • You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand them.
  • You have trouble hearing when spoken to from another room.
  • You have trouble hearing when there is noise around you.
  • You have trouble hearing women's or children's voices.
  • You have ringing or buzzing in your ears.
  • You have to turn one ear toward the person speaking.
  • You speak loudly or shout in conversation.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should see an audiologist to get an audiometric evaluation.


What is an audiometric evaluation?

An audiometric evaluation is a diagnostic hearing test performed by a licensed audiologist. It allows the audiologist to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, and it tells the audiologist how well or poorly you understand speech.  The audiometric evaluation also includes a thorough case history (interview), as well as a visual inspection of the ear canals and eardrums. 


What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a professional who specializes in the preventing, identifying, and assessing hearing loss in individuals.  They have extensive training and skills to evaluated the hearing of adults, infants, and children or all ages.  Using sophisticated equipment, the audiologist conducts a wide variety of tests to measure hearing ability and identify the presence and severity of any problem.  


How long do hearing aid batteries last?

Typically, hearing aid batteries last 7-14 days based on a 16 hour per day use cycle.  Generally the smaller the battery size, the shorter the battery life.