So, you have been to an audiologist for a hearing assessment and it is time to receive your results. What can you expect? And how will you know if you require hearing aids? Here are the facts. 

What the Results From Your Hearing Assessment Look Like 

Most hearing assessment results will be presented to you in the form of a graph. On the Y-axis of the graph, you will see the intensity or loudness of the sound played to you during the assessment. On the corresponding X-axis, you will see the frequency of the sounds. Each circle or cross included on the graph signals both the frequency or pitch level tested in conjunction with the level of volume at which you were able to hear it. 

Ultimately, the hearing expert will be able to determine the extent of your hearing loss by analyzing the results of the hearing assessment. If you have severe hearing loss, you will have struggled to hear the vast majority of the softer sounds and will often only be able to hear loud environmental sounds or very loud speech. If you have moderate hearing loss, you will often find yourself struggling to hear regular speech, even when you are standing very close to the person. Individuals with both moderate and severe hearing loss will require hearing aids to rectify the problem. 

You may also be told that you have mild hearing loss. This may mean that you find it challenging to hear soft speech. You may even struggle to hear regular speech when in a loud environment. Many individuals with mild hearing loss will still opt to be fitted for hearing aids in an effort to improve their quality of life. 

Hearing Assessments at Chenault House of Hearing 

When you book a free hearing assessment at the Chenault House of Hearing, you will not need to worry about interpreting the results of the assessment by yourself. Our experts will be there to explain every detail so that you fully understand every aspect. If your test does signify hearing loss, our experts will also be there to walk you through the best-rated hearing aids to consider, as well as provide you with advice in terms of the most affordable hearing aids to suit your budget. As a Beltone hearing center in Texas, we specialize in Beltone hearing aids – one of the best brands in the world. 

Getting Fitted for Your Beltone Hearing Aids 

Following your hearing assessment at the Chenault House of Hearing, our experts will perform a demonstration of the various available hearing aids so that you can get a better idea of how they work and which hearing aid type is right for you and your lifestyle. There are a number of different options from which to choose, including BTE (Behind-the-Ear), CIC (Completely-in-Canal), IIC (Invisible-in-Canal), MIH (Mic-in-Helix), ITC (In-the-Canal), ITE (In-the-Ear), and RIE (Receive-in-Ear). 

The BTE models tend to be the most budget-friendly and work just as well as any other hearing aid. They are simply less discrete than other types, such as the IIC or ITE models. BTE hearing aids might not be an ideal solution for everyone, however. This is especially true if you are an active person who spends time playing sports. In this instance, you may find that an MIH model serves you best. Either way, our experts will be there to guide you in making the right decision regarding your personal circumstances, budget, and preferences. 

For more information, or to book your free hearing assessment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. 



Recent studies conducted on patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s have shown that there is a possible link between these memory-related conditions and hearing loss. The studies have suggested that experiencing age-related hearing loss may, in some cases, be a precursor to dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. This is due to the fact that many hearing evaluation doctors and researchers now believe that hearing loss is more closely related to the health of our brains than was previously assumed. Here is everything that you need to know. 

Understanding the Studies

Many of these studies have been conducted in similar ways and each has generated similar results. The approach revolved around meeting with and examining various individuals of a similar age. Some of these individuals were suffering from hearing loss, while some were not. The meetings would continue over the course of a number of years. The researchers would then track which of the individuals were subsequently diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s, as well as how quickly the condition progressed in each case. In the vast majority of these studies, those who had been diagnosed with hearing loss wound up with higher rates of dementia. Further to this, in many instances, the more severe the hearing loss, the faster the condition progressed. 

So, What Is the Link? 

Contrary to popular assumption, the studies do not suggest that hearing loss causes dementia or Alzheimer’s. Rather, they suggest that there is some sort of link between the two. Unfortunately, the exact nature of this link still remains unknown, although there are a few theories that have been put forward over the last few years. 

Some experts claim that hearing loss may change the way in which your brain functions. They claim that when the aspect of the brain that is responsible for processing auditory information becomes strained or is used less frequently, it completely changes how the brain functions as a whole, which could trigger dementia/Alzheimer’s over time. 

Others assume that hearing loss has a negative effect on one’s cognitive load. In other words, those with hearing problems need to work a lot harder in order to process information and complete day-to-day social tasks and conversations. When all of your mental capacity and energy are going towards this, there is less left for memory and other cognitive functions. 

Some think that social isolation may well be the link. It has been scientifically proven that social isolation does a person’s mental health no favors. Seeing as though many people who struggle to hear will avoid social situations as a result, there is a good chance that social isolation may play a role in the degradation of brain function.  

Finally, researchers believe that hearing loss and dementia/Alzheimer’s may simply have the same underlying cause, which is likely to be a separate health issue, gene or environmental element. 

What Is the Bottom Line?

Ultimately, suffering from hearing loss definitely does not mean that a dementia diagnosis is inevitable. However, what the link could mean is that reducing the chances of developing hearing loss in the first place could also reduce your chances of developing dementia later in life. Prevention is better than cure, so make sure that you:

  • Steer clear of loud environments, 
  • Get regular hearing assessments, 
  • Avoid using Q-tips to clean your ears, and
  • Protect your hearing whenever necessary using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs. 

Are you looking for a great hearing evaluation doctor (audioprosthologist)? Look no further than the Chenault House of Hearing. Our Beltone hearing care center now offers free hearing screenings! Contact us for more information or to book your appointment today. 


The reality of the situation is that the older we get, the higher the chances of us needing hearing assistance in the form of a hearing aid. According to data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey, it is estimated that approximately 2% of adults between the ages of 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5% for adults between the ages of 55 to 64. Around one in four adults from the age of 65 to 74 have disabling hearing loss, with an increase to one in two of those 75 years of age and older.

In other words, your parents are more than likely going to require a hearing aid as they age. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to approach them with the request that they consider going for a hearing assessment. Some individuals may react defensively to the suggestion that their hearing is no longer what it used to be, while some may feel embarrassed, offended, or upset. The secret is to approach the situation with tact and understanding. Here are three helpful tips to keep in mind. 

Be Upfront but Sensitive 

Avoid ‘beating around the bush’, as this may make it seem that they really do have something to feel embarrassed about. The best way in which to get the conversation started is to be upfront, without being accusatory or brash about the subject. For example, you may wish to say something like, “Dad, I have noticed that you are struggling to hear what I am saying a lot of the time recently. Do you think that perhaps your hearing might not be at its best right now? Maybe it is time to go for a hearing assessment with a professional? I would be happy to go with you!” 

If he refuses or claims that his hearing is fine, do not harp on the topic. Rather, leave it be until another time when it is evident that he is struggling to hear and it is a good time to bring it up again in a similar manner. Just be mindful to never broach the subject in a ‘See? I told you so’ sort of manner.  

Focus on the Benefits 

Instead of pointing out how much your parent’s hearing has deteriorated and what they are battling to do each day as a result of this, try to focus more on the benefits that would come with getting a hearing aid. Explain how they would be able to be more involved in daily conversations, not have to turn the television up so loud and disturb the neighbors, and just generally enjoy a better quality of life. This realization may be just the motivation that they need in order to consider a hearing assessment.

Speak to Their Doctor 

Consider approaching their doctor if, despite your best efforts, your parent is just not listening to your suggestions for getting a hearing assessment. Unfortunately, in many instances, people will only be open to listening to advice received from a medical professional rather than advice received by their concerned loved ones! 

Here at the Chenault House of Hearing, we offer free hearing assessments and screenings. If it comes to light that your parent does, in fact, require hearing assistance, we can help them to find the hearing aid that best suits their needs and budget. We specialize in affordable and rechargeable hearing aids manufactured by Beltone. For more information or to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our professionals, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  


The world we live in can be loud. There are a lot of common activities we engage in that provide sustained damaging noise exposure. Sounds from leaf blowers, power tools, lawnmowers, and even hairdryers and vacuum cleaners can be enough to damage your hearing.

The OSHA guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health start to kick in at 85 decibels. Sudden loud noises or sustained loud noises can damage the tiny hairs in your inner ear that are essential to hearing. These hair cells don’t regenerate. So, you want to hang on to every little hair cell that you can. Here are 5 tips to help you protect your hearing:

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