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The Key to accurate hearing test

While checking it through online tests might be a convenient and popular alternative as compared to making an appointment with an audiologist, online hearing tests are unlikely to be accurate or reliable to identify the degree of your hearing impairment. They may be able to give you an overview of your current hearing state in the environment you took the test in, but they cannot give or offer you a medical diagnosis or in-depth analysis of your hearing.

Like many others who are interested in getting to know how good their hearing is these days in the convenience and comfort of their homes, you are not alone. But here are 3 factors that explain why visiting an audiologist is more effective and efficient in determining whether you require a hearing aid or not.

Sound treated environment

The environment of where the hearing test is being conducted affects what the user will hear. In a normal room at home where a sound is made, it might cause ringing, echo, or other unwanted sound reflections within the four walls. As a result, a signal that could be heard by normal hearing might not be heard by the user during the test.

Professional audiology clinics are equipped with sound rooms to create an environment that is sufficiently quiet for accurate hearing tests. There, users will not be disturbed by unnecessary noises in the background to receive an inaccurate measure of their hearing.

Computer/speaker/headset settings

No matter where you are, everyone has different computer sound settings, quality of the speakers and headsets which makes it impossible to tell what volume or frequencies of sound they are listening to.

Online hearing tests are normally completed through a headset which only measures the hearing system through a pure tone that enters the ear canal, which is also known as “air-conduction testing”. But in cases where there is a problem in any part of the ear, air-conduction testing is only part of a comprehensive hearing evaluation which can only be done at audiology clinics.

Bone conduction test

A bone conduction test is a mandatory in all proper hearing assessments to determine “where” the hearing loss is located in your ears. This testing can only be done with specialised equipment that is completed by using a specialised headset that can measure sound which is transmitted through your skin and bone at the back of your ear. This cannot be done through online remote hearing assessments as it is not available for home computer systems.

A comprehensive hearing assessment conducted by a professional audiologist in a sound treated environment will ensure accurate results as compared to an online hearing assessment which only covers a general overview of your hearing. The 3 factors mentioned above make online hearing tests even more inaccurate as they claim. If a hearing aid is purchased wrongly and fitted on such test results, it can never be fitted accurately and might even cause more damage to your hearing in the long run.

If you believe you are in need of a hearing test, call and schedule an appointment with us today.

About The Listening Lab

Listening Lab is a home-grown company whose mission is to help our clients restore their hearing to enjoy the life that they desire. Experiencing hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. Hence we commit to providing high-quality hearing solutions.

Our hearing solutions include hearing tests and treatment and prescribing hearing aids. Clients may come to get their hearing checked, and we will assess whether hearing aids are required.

If hearing aids are required, clients can choose from a variety of the best hearing aid brands we provide. Each of the products offers unique features that complement daily use and perform well in helping our clients enjoy the life that they desire.

What Do Our Customers Say?

CatherineTangYap-Testimonial
Person in charge nice and helpful with warm smiling face. Should you have hearing problem, can seek for her advise.
Catherine Tang Yap
MrChing
Your service is marvellous! Patient and friendly. Mr Ching has been a customer of The Listening Lab since 2018. We have been attending to him for his follow up reviews and we are glad to see his progress!
Mr Ching
mr-mrs-Sriram
My husband purchased a Siemens Pure 7PX in 2016. We wish to appreciate Listening Lab for their ongoing attention and professional help they have been providing to us.
Mr & Mrs Sriram
madam Low
My mum has hearing loss for many years. Consultant of Listening Lab helped her fitted with Resound hearing aid. His patience and professionalism was greatly appreciated as the hearing aid enable her to hear and communicate with the people around her especially her grand children. We are happy with the services rendered by consultant. Keep up the good work!!
Madam Low
BryanRichmond-Testimonial
The Voice of two Generations in Singapore radio, Mr Brian Richmond, has chosen The Listening Lab to be his audiology and hearing services provider. We could not be prouder!

Brian is the definitive household name in English Radio since the early years of Singapore's founding, starting with Rediffusion followed by Radio One and now with Gold 90.5FM as well as Vintage Radio Singapore. His honeyed voice and selection of music filling our ears as we lived the bustle of our daily lives.

Soccer fans from the Malaysia Cup era of soccer will never forget his heart-pounding commentary from "live" matches, as we experienced the ups and downs of the Singapore Lions in the 1970s to 90s.

Our Executive Director Kelvin Lee is proudly beaming ear-to-ear in this photo with Brian. But you wont be able to see it through the masks!
Brian Richmond
JonathanPo-Testimonial
I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting.

Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss.

I also thank God for Engineer and Scientist, giving them the knowledge to create such a complex and sophisticate device to help those with hearing loss like me. It will be all perfect if the cost is affordable too.
Jonathan Po
madam goh
I took my mum to Listening Lab at Simei to get her hearing aid fixed, during our first visit, she patiently explained the whole procedure to my mum and also explain to my mum why she really in need to fix the hearing aid. She is very knowledgeable, and friendly, and we are encouraged to ask questions. she is also very patient with old people which is the most importance. Also her after service is superb so I highly recommend.
Mdm Goh
MadamKek-Testimonial
My mum, Madam Kek (73 year old) had the Cochlear implant (CI) done on her left side in 10th September 2019. Thereafter, thanks to the subsequent auditory verbal therapy, evaluation from SGH ENT team, as well as, the support from AB's and Listening Lab staffs; Madam Kek was able to hear, comprehend sound and music from her Cochlear implant, Naida CI Q90, and hearing aid (HA), Naida Link UP, for her right side before end year. We are happy that both the CI and HA have improved mum qualify of life. Now Madam Kek is looking forward to work again to pass her time as she can hear and better communicate with others.
Madam Kek
TitusPang-Testimonial
Titus was implanted when he was 18 months old. He is a happy, talkative 6.5 years old now. AB has been with him for 5 wonderful hearing years and we are looking forward to a bright future that lies ahead for him. AB’s Naída CI sound processors are reliable and the technology is constantly evolving and upgrading. When Titus was introduced to Naida Link CROS, his life was enriched. The wireless network established between his Naida CI sound processor and a Naida Link CROS transmitter allows him to hear from both ears. This changes Titus’s life and the way we interact with him. We are also very pleased with the prompt response and service provided to us. The staff in AB genuinely cares! We want to thank AB for making Titus’s hearing journey an enjoyable and a relatively stress free one!
Titus Pang
mr tan
I have been living with progressive hearing loss for more than three decades. Socially, I find myself fearful of communicating with people and at home, watching 'soundless' television programs is a norm.

An unforgettable experience. Trying on a pair of Resound GN hearing aid, I was energized and revitalized and overwhelmed with emotional tears of joy. The Resound GN is truly remarkable and uniquely equipped with three-friendly-user environmental modes that provide hearing comfort wherever we are.

In particular, I like to extend my utmost gratitude to Hearing Consultant. With her profound compassion and wisdom in guiding me, I am confident that I can forge a formidable partnership with the Listening Lab; So that I can rebuild a new chapter of a happy and value-creative life and simultaneously, leaving behind the painful memories of the past three decades.
Mr Tan
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