Hearing Evaluations

So What Happens During a Hearing Test Anyway?

When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information and medical history, and to verify your insurance. You will also receive a copy of our Notice of Privacy as mandated by law.

Your exam will begin with a review of your personal information. Your audiologist will ask questions designed to uncover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty hearing.

Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and eardrum and determine whether there is earwax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the audiologist will use a video otoscope so you can see inside your ear as well!

The first test administered is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a quiet environment, often in a soundproof booth. The audiologist will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at varying volume levels into your ears to determine the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear various frequencies. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to say “yes” or raise your hand.

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The next test is speech testing. The audiologist will ask you to listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and then repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can detect and understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test, which determines how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.

The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the audiologist will review with you upon completion. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies 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. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.

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