By Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*
*Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences.
Do you remember when you had your hearing tested in grade school or at work? In school you had to sit down in a quiet area—usually the library and had to listen to tones being played through an audiometer. When you heard the tone you had to raise your hand. These screening were often performed by a volunteering parent of a school noise. If you worked in a noisy environment OSHA required annual hearing tests. These may have been performed in a semi-truck with sound proof rooms, or in a quiet area of the plant. You listened to tones and probably pushed a button that would record the findings. Both of these were screenings. If you could not hear tones below a certain level it was then it was recommended that you see a hearing professional for physician further evaluation. [Read more…]