Why Do I Need A Hearing Test?
There is an old saying, “Time in erodes awareness of.” Chances are you don’t realize how bad your hearing is until you get it checked and discover what your family & friends already know… You need help!
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. Then once the results are acquired we can move forward and get you fitted and back to living your life with much much better clarity.
How Does The Free Hearing Test Work?
When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff. While you sit comfortably in our lobby we’ll have you fill out a few simple forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and to verify your insurance.
It is all part of our effort to be as throrough as possible.
Your hearing care professional will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing difficulty in hearing. We want to make sure we get you the best hearing aid possible.
The hearing care professional 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 care professional 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 care professional 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” or raise your hand.
The Second Test
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 tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the hearing care professional 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 care professional will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.
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