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Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

It can be difficult to detect the early stages of hearing loss without the expert help of an audiologist. A diagnostic hearing evaluation can be undergone by individuals of any age. After the evaluation, hearing loss can then be pinpointed and corrected.

Here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology have the skills and tools to hone in on your exact level of hearing loss so they can provide you with the best solutions possible.

What Happens During A Hearing Evaluation

A diagnostic hearing evaluation will include a few different steps that will help to diagnose your unique hearing condition. A typical hearing evaluation usually takes around 30-40 minutes, as there are several in-depth tests which need to be performed. However, you’ll want to reserve some time with your audiologist for discussion and review of the results.

If hearing aids will be required to correct your hearing loss, this post-test time is the best time to go over your options and try out hearing aids.

Arriving At Our Hearing Clinic

For your first appointment at our hearing clinic, we recommend you arrive 10-15 minutes before your hearing evaluation appointment. We will need you to fill out some paperwork with your medical history, concerning any medications or supplements you take, along with any issues you’re experiencing with your hearing.

As one of our audiologists discusses your history with you, be sure to divulge any issues you’ve been having with tinnitus, balance, or noise. These conditions can be related to any potential hearing loss and should be treated simultaneously.

We also recommend that a friend or family member attend your evaluation appointment with you. By doing this, you can enjoy having extra support in understanding the information being provided as well as recommendations for treatment. Also, they will be able to help you test any hearing aids by conversing with someone who you are used to hearing.

Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

During a diagnostic hearing evaluation at Hearing & Balance Doctors, you will undergo several phases of tests. Below are our standard set of tests.

Bone conduction test – This test is conducted by placing a device called the bone oscillator—which looks like headphones—behind your ear. With this device, the sound is transmitted to the cochlea through bone vibrations, testing the sound reception of your inner ear.

Air conduction test – Also called pure tone testing, headphones are placed over your ears, and sound signals are played. By doing this, our doctors of audiology can test for how you receive sound which travels through the air into your outer and middle ear.

Auditory brainstem response – Often used for children, the auditory brainstem response test measures the auditory nerve response to sound. Electrodes are placed on your scalp then your nerves responses are recorded to check for damage.

Distortion product otoacoustic emissions – The hair cells in your cochlea both receive sound and emit sounds. To check the functionality of these delicate hairs, our audiologist will insert a tool into your ear to gather data on the hair emissions.

Acoustic immittance test – This test checks to see how the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and the middle ear receives sound and air flow. If there are blockages, this test will help our audiologists will be able to discover them.

Speech detection and understanding – Hearing loss can take a toll on your ability to hear and comprehend the speech of others. During the test, one of our audiologists will speak words at various volume levels to check for your speech frequency range, and you will signal when you hear them. After that, you will be asked to listen and repeat back the words you hear our audiologist speak.

These tests help our doctors of audiology to detect potential causes of your hearing loss, the extent of the hearing loss, and what types of hearing loss treatment will help you.

Post-Test Consultation

After the tests are complete, our doctors of audiology will go over your hearing evaluation results with you and the person you chose to have accompanied you. We recommend you ask plenty of questions so you can gain a greater understanding of your hearing needs.

If you do have a level of hearing loss, our audiologist will make recommendations during your post-test consultation. 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 will play an essential part of what hearing aids will be recommended for you. Our doctors of audiology will work with you to choose and test hearing aids, so you can have the right ones for your hearing needs.

Importance Of Hearing Tests

A diagnostic evaluation of your hearing is necessary to determine hearing loss. Without precise and in-depth testing, the level of hearing loss you have cannot be determined and corrected. Other reasons you should have a hearing evaluation are:

  • Prevent cognitive decline – Research has shown that there is a strong association between hearing loss and cognitive decline. With a hearing evaluation determining your level of hearing loss and hearing aids to correct the loss, you can prevent cognitive decline.
  • Address and treat tinnitus – There is also a firm connection between tinnitus and hearing loss. Once your hearing loss is detected and addressed, it will become much easier to manage your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Detect early balance issues – Your balance and your hearing are interconnected. When one is not performing correctly, the other is affected. By having your hearing assessed, early balance issues can also be found and addressed.

Have A Hearing Evaluation At Hearing & Balance Doctors

When looking for a place to have your hearing evaluated, you should come to Hearing & Balance Doctors. Our hearing health care professionals are all doctors of audiology, so they can provide greater expertise, education, and insight into your treatment. Along with hearing evaluations, some of the other hearing services we offer are:

  • Auditory processing disorders evaluations
  • Hearing aid dispensing, fitting, adjustments, and repairs
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Balance evaluations
  • Hearing device accessories
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Hearing protection
  • Tinnitus treatment
  • Cerumen removal

If you or a loved one are struggling with hearing loss and need a diagnostic hearing evaluation, contact us for an appointment. Our doctors of audiology will be able to determine if any hearing loss is present and assist with finding the right solution to correct the loss.