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So What Happens During a Hearing Test Anyway?

When you arrive for your hearing test, 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 exam begins your hearing aid dispenser will review your personal information with you and ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.

Next, the hearing aid dispenser may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the hearing aid dispenser will have a video otoscope so you can see inside your ear as well!

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

Next is speech testing. You will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can not only detect but understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test. This test will determine how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.

The results of your hearing test will be recorded on a form called an audiogram which the hhearing aid dispenser will review with you. 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 hearing aid dispenser will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.

In-Home Testing and Consultations are also available for your convenience.
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