What to Expect at a Hearing Test
Hearing assessments identify hearing loss and provide you with information that will determine the best course of treatment. Many forms of hearing loss may be treated medically or surgically, so specific hearing loss types must be removed when considering hearing aids or other treatments. Here's what to expect when going for your hearing test.
A medical history must be taken before your visit. We will pay particular attention to any questions you might have regarding noise sensitivity, tinnitus, and balance issues. Make sure to bring to your appointment a complete list of medications and supplements that you are taking with you.
Don't be afraid to ask questions above anything else. To be an active participant in seeking hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle, you will want to be transparent about any information you'd like to obtain.
The diagnostic hearing assessment consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss and the level of speech detection and understanding. They may include:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Pure tone testing
- Tympanometry and acoustic reflex threshold testing
Reviewing Your Results
Once it is decided that you can benefit from hearing aids, the diagnostic hearing assessment will help us know which hearing aids are most appropriate for your needs. Your hearing test will generate an audiogram to help us select the best style of hearing aids for you. The nature of your hearing loss will determine which devices would work better for you, with smaller versions usually suitable for milder hearing loss. If you haven't worn hearing aids before, our primer on hearing aid models and styles can be helpful.
The hearing test will likely last for approximately 30 minutes. You will also be given time to review the test results for discussion. If it's decided that hearing aids are the best solution, we provide ample time to explore the choices.
It is recommended that you bring a member of your family to the appointment. Hearing loss is a family issue, and another person can help you make the right decision.