Hearing Health

Your hearing health should not be treated any differently than your dental health (2 cleanings per year) or your vision health (1 exam every 2 years). Most adults haven’t had their hearing tested since they were in grade school.  When was the last time you had your hearing tested?  

Take charge of your hearing health, and follow this Hearing Health Maintenance Timetable:

Type of Evaluation Recommended For Time Period Purpose Benefit
Hearing Screening Babies

Kids

Adults

Birth

Grade School

Workplace Health Evaluation

A quick test to see if you need a more comprehensive hearing test. Hearing is a big part of learning development for children (e.g., speech, language, social skills). Early detection of issues is important.

For adults, it may be required as a condition of employment.

Baseline Hearing Test Young Adults Age 21 Tells the audiologist what your hearing is at that point in time. When you are older, the audiologist can compare your baseline test to more recent tests to see how much your hearing has changed.
Regular Hearing Tests Adults Every 10 years
Until age 50; After Age 50, Every 3 Years
Having regular hearing tests helps the audiologist understand how your hearing has changed over time. Knowing your hearing health history will help audiologists prescribe the best treatment options for you.

NHHI’s Hearing Evaluations

At New Hampshire Hearing Institute (NHHI), located in Manchester,

, they provide very thorough and quick hearing evaluations, usually taking no more than 20 minutes. They perform comprehensive hearing assessments for children 2.5 years and older, adults, and seniors. Once completed, they will provide you with a complete report with the interpretation of results and recommendations. They will also send a copy of the report to your physician.

To learn more, check out NHHI’s website page on Hearing Evaluations.

Why are Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations important?

Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it’s important that these types of hearing loss be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.

If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, a diagnostic hearing evaluation can help your audiologist determine which hearing aids will be most appropriate for your needs.

Do hearing aids work for everyone?

Whether or not a hearing aid will work for you usually depends on the type of hearing loss or the degree of hearing loss you may have.

To learn more, check out NHHI’s website page on Hearing Loss.

How do you know which hearing aid is best for you?

If your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, your hearing specialist may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears. Your hearing specialist will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid (or hearing aids) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids.  In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing specialist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your financial circumstances. However, the final decision regarding which hearing aid to purchase is yours.

When selecting a hearing aid style, NHHI’s hearing specialists consider the following factors to ensure you get the right hearing aid for your needs:

  • The degree of hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Why Choose NHHI?

NHHI is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Manchester and the Southern New Hampshire region since 1989. Their audiologists hold doctoral degrees in Audiology, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and have extensive experience in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of all hearing disorders. 

Their highly-qualified team of Audiologists provides a complete range of therapeutic services for your hearing health. They are equipped to treat a variety of hearing-related issues pertaining to hearing loss and tinnitus. They provide hearing aids, hearing aid accessories, hearing aid maintenance, and related treatment plans to provide solutions that improve quality of life. 

Contact NHHI for all your hearing healthcare needs. You can reach them at (603) 792-4327 to schedule an appointment.