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Demand for Decatur, GA Hearing Tests To Rise With National Hearing Test Launch

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May 27, 2014 /MM-prReach/ —

The National Hearing Test, a phone-based functional Hearing Test developed with funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), is a great first step in diagnosing hearing loss in one or both ears. While a remarkable development in drawing attention to hearing loss nationwide and completing initial screenings, the telephone-based test has its limitations. It is not a substitute for the Comprehensive Hearing Tests conducted by audiologists. When test participants score outside the normal range or have questions specific to their situation, they’ll need the expertise of a local provider. The Audiologists at Atlanta Hearing Associates in Decatur are available to perform more comprehensive hearing tests and provide personalized advice to residents of Decatur GA and surrounding areas who want local help after taking the National Hearing Test.

The National Hearing Test is available at and costs $8. During Better Speech and Hearing Month, the test is free for the month of May 2014. The test is best thought of as a screening test for functional hearing – specifically the ability to comprehend speech amid noise. At the end of the test, the system instantly provides a rating for each ear. The possible ratings are “Normal”, “Slightly Below Normal” or “Poor”. The directions given after the screening lead test takers to local audiologists. The website states, “If your results from the National Hearing Test were “marginal or below normal,” you should make an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation by a certified hearing professional. Even if your results are in the “normal” range but you still have concerns about your hearing, we encourage you to seek a complete hearing evaluation as well.”

The audiologists at Atlanta Hearing Associates want to assist Decatur GA area residents by being the best local provider of complete hearing tests and advice about managing various types of hearing loss. The publicity generated by the debut of the National Hearing Test is bringing much needed attention to the subject of hearing loss. As participation in the screening test rises, the need for local audiologists to provide patient-specific advice and treatment plans will also increase. The audiologists at Atlanta Hearing Associates in Decatur GA are ideally suited to perform the comprehensive hearing testing suggested by the test developers and to counsel people on their treatment options if hearing loss is established.

The National Hearing Test is a wonderful screening resource and the hearing care staff at Atlanta Hearing Associates hopes that many people will take advantage of it; however, its not the right first step for every individual. It does require the finger dexterity to type in many strings of numbers into the telephone number pad and a phone with a wall-mounted jack to get accurate results. Decatur GA residents who suspect a hearing problem and who would have trouble taking the test by telephone should directly make an appointment for a comprehensive hearing test at Atlanta Hearing Associates.

About Dr. Joy Pritchett
Dr. Joy Pritchett is the CEO and President of Atlanta Hearing Associates. Dr. Pritchett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Master’s Degree in Audiology from Auburn University. She later graduated with a doctoral degree from Central Michigan University with a concentration in the assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorders. Dr. Pritchett’s areas of clinical interest are: 1) establishing evidence based guidelines for the fitting of hearing aids, 2) auditory processing tests that are predictive for children who become poor readers, and 3) rehabilitative measures to reverse these processes. Dr. Pritchett is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech and Language Association, Georgia Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctoring Audiologists, and licensed by the State of Georgia.

About Atlanta Hearing Associates
Atlanta Hearing Associates, the top provider for hearing loss services and hearing aids in Atlanta, has been serving Georgia residents for many years. The company prides itself on making sure its clients have the most up-to-date information and technology. Atlanta Hearing Associates has four convenient offices in the Atlanta area to serve its patients—one in Greensboro, one in Milledgeville, one in Decatur and one in Dunwoody. Their all-inclusive approach to helping their patients hear ensures that each patient gets the hearing aids and accessories for their individual lifestyle.

Dr. Joy Pritchett

Atlanta Hearing Associates
1713 Mt. Vernon Road, Suite 3
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 574-4819

Atlanta Hearing Associates
1051 Parkside Commons, Suite 103
Greensboro, GA 30642
(706) 623-4425

Atlanta Hearing Associates
111 Field Stone Dr., Suite 106
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 387-4186

Atlanta Hearing Associates
1991 N. Williamsburg Dr., Suite A
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 549-6788

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