When one goes to an audiologist for a hearing test, does the audiologist test for amount and type of distortion as opposed to just loss of volume? If so, what is this test called and how does it appear in the audiological evaluation sheet given to the patient? If not, is it possible to distinguish between loss of volume and distortion as to the cause of hearing problems?
I am a music lover, have owned good stereo equipment in the past and want to purchase more. I wear HA’s in normal situations but usually not at classical music concerts and operas; I just try to sit in the first eight rows. And I never wore HA’s when listening to music on my stereo equipment. As far as I can tell, there is no distortion. A friend has suggested that I not spend much money on the equipment because of my hearing loss which is mild to severe in one ear and mild to profound in the other. He feels that because of hearing distortion I am wasting my money. On the other hand, years ago when I first became aware of my hearing loss, when I asked a hearing specialist about my audio hobby, he told me just to raise the volume.
In short, is distortion (as opposed to volume loss) one of the problems the average hearing challenged person faces? And if so, how is it measured if at all?