What to Expect at Your Appointment

Hearing loss affects every dimension of your life. That’s why an accurate and timely hearing test is so important.

The comprehensive hearing evaluation will ensure your treatment plan is built on a solid foundation.

Hearing Health Consultation

This is a casual conversation about your current hearing concerns and their possible causes. Typical questions include:

  1. Has anyone else in your family had hearing problems?
  2. Have you had any illnesses or injuries lately?
  3. Whats kinds of medication have you taken lately?
  4. Have you been exposed to loud noises at work or during leisure activities?

Pre-hearing test interview

Ear Inspection

Next, your ear is inspected visually with a special handheld instrument called an otoscope. In some cases, debris or impacted earwax causes hearing loss. Remove the obstruction, and hearing returns to normal. An otoscope can also determine whether there’s damage to the ear canal or eardrum.

Hearing loss examination

Hearing Tests

Next, a few tests will help us understand the nature of your hearing loss, for example:

  • What pitches, both low and high, you can hear
  • How well you hear and understand speech
  • How well your eardrum moves
  • How your middle ear and inner ear react to sound

If you have a hearing loss, you’ll receive an audiogram, which maps out what pitches you can hear at what volumes. If you need hearing aids, it acts like a prescription that tells your provider how to program your devices.

Diagnostic hearing test

Treatment Discussion

Last, we’ll discuss the results of your evaluation. If your hearing loss can be treated with hearing technology, we’ll recommend technology that matches your distinct hearing needs. We’ll also discuss next steps, which will depend on your results and the recommended technology. If we determine there are referral needs, we’ll discuss those as well.

Hearing aid fitting

Frequently Asked Questions

How is hearing tested in newborns?
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.
How long does a hearing test take?
Approximately 20 minutes.
How often should I get my hearing tested?
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.

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