Get Prepared For Your Hearing Test Appointment
A typical hearing test appointment is 90 minutes long. In order to run your appointment efficiently, please fill out the Case History Form before your visit.
- Please download a form and save it to your desktop.
- Before you fill out a form, please rename the file name with the following format:
- “Last Name, First Name – CaseHistory”
- When you complete filling out all the fields, please hit “Save” again to save all your data.
- To submit the forms:
- either hit “Submit” to open your local email application and send out the completed form as an attachment,
- or just simply attach your completed form to your email and send it to “[email protected]“
Here Is What You Can Expect During Our Hearing Examination
Step One: The Interview
Our hearing screening begins with our attentive hearing provider going over your Case History (see above), 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.
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.