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What to Expect During A Hearing Evaluation

Hearing Evaluation

Regular hearing evaluations should be an annual part of an adult’s life, especially for those who are in their early fifties or older, as noise-induced hearing loss will often first manifest around this time in a person’s life.

Unlike a hearing screening—which is a simple pass/fail test that doesn’t screen for hearing issues beyond finding whether there is any hearing impairment—a hearing evaluation is an in-depth check of your hearing health.

To help you learn more about what goes into a hearing evaluation, our doctors of audiology have provided a comprehensive look into what you can expect during a Hearing & Balance Doctors hearing evaluation.

Come Early To Complete Paperwork

If you’ve never visited our clinic before, we will need you to fill out some paperwork before your appointment. Generally, the information that will be needed from you prior to your appointment is:

  • Medical history
  • Insurance information
  • Past and present ear issues
  • Any hearing concerns you may have
  • Current medications you are taking

Your Ears Are Visually Inspected

In the first step of the evaluation, our audiologist will visually inspect your ears with an otoscope. This tool will allow our hearing specialist to look inside of your ears to see if there is any blockage or visual damage such as a puncture in the eardrum which can cause hearing difficulties.

Undergo A Series Of Hearing Tests

After the visual inspection, you will be asked to take a seat in a soundproof booth. That way, your test results won’t be interfered with by any outside noises. Once inside this booth, a series of hearing evaluation tests will be performed.

  • Pure tone – This tests checks for how well sound carries through your ear, and how well you recognize the various frequencies and pitches.
  • Bone conduction – With this test, our doctors of audiology will check for how receptive your inner is to sounds and vibrations.
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions – Our audiologist will use a tool to measure the functionality of the sound transmitting hairs in your inner ear.
  • Acoustic immittance – This test is to determine how well your eardrum and the middle bones in your ear let in sounds.
  • Speech detection and understanding – To assess your ability to hear and understand human speech, our audiologists will say a word and look for you to respond.

Discuss The Results Of Your Hearing Evaluation

Once the evaluation is complete, the audiologist conducting the tests will go over the results with you. If there is hearing loss present or other potential issues, they will cover what your options are, whether you need hearing aids or just earwax removal.

If you are ready to take the next step in caring for your hearing healthcare and have a hearing evaluation performed by one of our doctors of audiology, contact us today to make an appointment.

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