Hearing Screening Performed in Orlando, FL
Your hearing is a vital part of your health. Often imperceptible at first, hearing loss can develop gradually over time, and it can affect you at any age. As a member of Optimum Direct Care, you can receive basic hearing screening at our office in Orlando, Florida. Using the latest technology, our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro, can quickly and thoroughly assess the state of your hearing at any time.
When Should You Have a Hearing Screening?
Good hearing results from a complex process that depends on the optimal function of many intricate parts. Tiny hair cells inside your inner ear pick up sound wave vibrations and translate them into nerve signals that your brain interprets as sounds. Permanent hearing loss occurs when those tiny hair cells are damaged. Additionally, temporary hearing loss can result from a buildup of ear wax or fluid in the inner ear, exposure to loud noise, or certain medications.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of hearing loss, such as difficulties in understanding speech, hearing telephone conversations, or distinguishing sounds from background noise, you should request a hearing screening. These symptoms can have multiple causes, and a hearing test is the first step toward diagnosing the underlying issue.
What Happens During a Hearing Screening?
At Optimum Direct Care, your hearing screening may include a pure-tone test, in which you’ll be asked to wear headphones and signal whenever a certain sound is heard, or a speech-recognition test, in which Dr. Muzzi will check whether you can hear spoken words clearly at different volumes and frequencies. These basic hearing tests are “pass-fail;” if you have a problem hearing any of the sounds or words, Dr. Muzzi can refer you to an audiologist or another specialist for follow-up testing and evaluation.
If you’re a member of Optimum Direct Care and you’re concerned about hearing loss, you can consult with Dr. Muzzi in Orlando, FL, today. And, if you’re not yet a member, ask us about membership, which includes a comprehensive range of primary healthcare services, including hearing screening. Dr. Muzzi can help you hear well and stay healthy over your entire lifetime.