Hearing Tests – No Studying Required!
Are you afraid you’re not going to pass a hearing test? Don’t be. A hearing test is just like an eye test or a blood test. You can’t pass or fail. The test is an assessment your Audiologist makes of your physical condition, nothing more.
On this page, you’ll learn about different kinds of hearing tests and what to expect before, during, and after basic hearing tests.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
During your initial visit, you will be asked questions about your medical and hearing history. Then the Audiologist will use a lighted otoscope to inspect your outer ear and your ear canal for any abnormalities that may affect your hearing test results or require you to visit an ENT doctor.
Next, the Audiologist will conduct several types of hearing tests to determine:
- Whether or not a hearing loss exists and its possible cause
- The degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears
- The best treatment options or next steps
What to Do Before Hearing Exams
Before you make an appointment for a hearing test, make sure you have the information you need so you know what to expect.
We feel that an educated patient is our best patient.
On the Day You Take Your Hearing Test
When you arrive for your hearing exam, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and verify your insurance.
As your hearing exam begins, your dispenser will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, your hearing care professional may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal.
Sometimes they will have a video otoscope so you can see inside your ear as well!
Beyond Hearing Test Basics
After performing these basic hearing exams, your Audiologist may recommend:
- Audiometric Testing – You will be tested using a series of low and high intensity sounds to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a short distance, as in a conversation. We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech, and whether or not hearing aids will help you.
- Tympanometry – Tympanometry is an examination that creates variations of air pressure in the ear canal and is used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones.
Hearing Test Results
The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in intensities and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear. Your Audiologist will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing.
Hearing Loss Treatment Solutions
The next step is to consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the time necessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.
You can’t solve what you don’t understand. Schedule a hearing test with our trained staff and discover how much sound you’ve been missing…and how much more you could be hearing.
Schedule a simple, painless hearing test and get on the road to better hearing today.