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What to Expect From Your Hearing Test – and Why You Need One

Do you suspect you might be suffering from hearing loss? If so, a diagnostic hearing evaluation is the right test to take. This test can help your doctor determine if you do have hearing loss, then pinpoint the type and extent of the issue. Diagnostic hearing tests are most often conducted in-office by a qualified audiologist, with simple and minimally-invasive equipment.

Any person of any age can safely undergo this type of hearing test. As far as finances are concerned, most health insurance plans will cover this type of hearing evaluation. However, some policies may require a primary care doctor to refer you to see an audiologist. If you have questions, consult your individual policy or call your insurance provider.

What You Can Expect From A Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

Your evaluation will include a few different steps that will help diagnose your unique condition. From the evaluation, your doctor will be able to pinpoint the cause of any hearing loss you’re experiencing. A typical hearing evaluation usually takes around 30-40 minutes. However, you’ll want to reserve some time with your audiologist for discussion and review of the results. If you’ll be requiring hearing aids, this might be a good time to go over some of your choices. Allow extra time for this discussion.

We recommend that a friend or family member attend your evaluation appointment with you. This will give you extra support in understanding the information being provided as well as recommendations for treatment.

Upon arriving, you will likely need to fill out some paperwork with your medical history. You’ll need to include any medications or supplements you take, along with any issues you’re experiencing with your hearing. As your audiologist discusses your history with you, you should divulge any issues you’ve been having with tinnitus, balance, or noise, as they could be related to any potential hearing loss.

A complete diagnostic hearing test usually includes the following phases:

  • Testing for bone conduction
  • Testing for air conduction
  • DPOAE or distortion product otoacoustic emissions
  • Speech detection and understanding
  • Acoustic immittance or tympanometry
  • Auditory brainstem response or ABR

Why It’s Important to Be Tested

A diagnostic evaluation of your hearing is necessary to determine hearing loss. The audiologist can use the information from your evaluation to diagnose causes for hearing loss and create the best treatment plan for your needs. Depending on your type of loss, you may be a good candidate for medical, medicinal, or surgical treatment. If hearing aids are a part of the solution, the type and extent of your hearing loss must first be specified. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to find the right hearing aids for you.

Our hearing professionals can answer any questions you may have about the process. Contact our office by visiting our Contact Page or by calling 435.688.8991 or 801.298.4327.