The hearing test is often a missing key to understanding your total body health. Most people will often delay their first hearing examination until we are well into our 60’s or 70’s. But just as we get our eyes, teeth and body checked regularly, we should do the same with our hearing.
A regular hearing test will help us to understand any changes that might be happening with your hearing, and as a result might give insight into what might be causing continued damage to your hearing.
At our Bow River Hearing hearing clinics, we are proud to offer you the latest in audiological testing equipment. Our audiology experts are committed to using only the best equipment which ensures accurate testing results. Offering the most in-depth and best hearing tests in Alberta allows us to provide personalized and effective treatment plans. The path to better hearing and a better quality of life starts with a hearing test.
Here Is What You Can Expect During Our Hearing Examination
Step One: The Interview
Our hearing screening begins with our attentive hearing specialists asking some questions that will help us understand the nature and level of your hearing problem while also making sure there are no aspects to your situation that need further investigation. Here are some sample questions:
- Is there a family history of hearing problems?
- What illnesses or injuries have you had? Any that might be related to your hearing?
- What medications have you taken? Some can contribute to hearing loss.
- Are you or have you been regularly exposed to loud noises?
We will spend this time to educate you on why we are asking these questions and tell you how it relates to your situation.
Step Two: The Examination
The examination is comprised of three parts. We will spend time to examine your Outer Ear, Middle ear, and Inner Ear.
Otoscopy: Outer Ear
Taking a close look inside your ear with an otoscope or video otoscope, the hearing care professionals here will determine if your hearing difficulty is being caused by an obstruction or some sort of visible ear-canal or eardrum damage.
Tympanometry: Middle Ear
This examination is used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
Audiometry: Inner Ear
Audiometry measures hearing acuity for variations in sound intensity, pitch and for tonal purity, involving thresholds and differing frequencies.
During this test, ear plugs will be put into both your ears. you will be asked to push a button every time you hear a “beep”. The Audiologist or Hearing Aid Practitioner will test your ability to hear 10 different frequencies of beeps over a range of different volumes.
The hearing care provider may also utilize tests that uses bone conduction. A comparison of air and bone conduction hearing test results will help the hearing care provider to determine if the hearing problem is isolated to the outer, middle or inner ear.
Depending on your hearing, the Audiologist or Hearing Aid Practitioner may also use the QuickSin and speech recognition tests. These test determines your ability to hear in noisy situations and help us to determine your ability to understand and decipher words and sentences.
Your results will be documented on an audiogram, which is generated after a pure-tone hearing test. Essentially, it provides a map of your hearing loss, showing your reaction to changes in pitch and volume at various frequencies.
The frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz); the intensity of the sound is measured in decibels (dB). Determining whether your hearing difficulty involves high pitches or low pitches will help us give you informed advice on how to move forward.
Step Three: Your Results And Treatment Options
During this part of our examination, we will take the time to educate you on hold to read and understand your audiogram. We will teach you what it means to have normal hearing versus hearing loss and explain to you the impact of hearing loss on your overall health.
Unfortunately, sensorineural hearing loss cannot be cured. But luckily, it is very easily treatable with hearing aids.
If hearing aids and hearing aid technology is something you are interested in learning about, we would be happy to teach you about all the options available and how they might be able to help you with your lifestyle and hearing goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before your child leaves the hospital, they’re given an otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test. When sleeping, an earphone and microphone are placed in the ear, sounds are played, and their response is measured. If the newborn does not have a hearing impairment, an echo is reflected back into the ear canal being measured by the microphone. When a baby does have a hearing loss, no echo can be measured on the OAE test. This test is generally administered twice. Please see our section about child hearing loss for more information on hearing impairment and preventive measures for all ages.
Approximately 20 minutes.
This depends on lifestyle as well as age. Typically, we recommend an annual hearing test, whether there are signs of hearing loss or not, particularly if you are exposed to noise consistently through work or play. If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of hearing loss, please call today to schedule an appointment. Signs include but are not limited to:
- Feeling that people mumble
- Having to turn up the volume on television, telephone, or personal listening devices
- Trouble following conversations in busy venues (concerts, restaurants)