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Hearing Test

When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, providing personal and insurance information and a brief medical history. You will also receive a copy of your Notice of Privacy.

Your hearing professional will begin by performing a thorough case history to understand your individual story and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of situations in which you may be experiencing difficulty in understanding.

The hearing specialist will inspect your ear canals with a video-otoscope which will allow you to see your ear as well. This instrument is used to see the condition of your ear canal, the eardrum and verify whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal.

The testing will be done in a quiet room. The first test is called a pure tone test which measures how loud a tone needs to be for you to just be able to hear it.  Individual measurements are done on each ear. The specialist 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 press a button to indicate that you can hear it.

The following test is a speech discrimination evaluation. The presenter will ask you to repeat a list of single or double syllable words. Each ear will be tested individually and together to determine how the loss of hearing sensitivity has affected the brains ability to accurately understand what it is hearing and at what volume level you can hear the best.  The specialist will also determine how loud a sound you can tolerate before it becomes uncomfortable.  This test is important to determine maximum volume settings on your hearing instruments.

The next procedure is bone conduction testing. This test verifies the type of hearing loss you may have. A vibrating oscillator is placed behind the ear. You will respond when you can hear the tone, much like the pure-tone test you performed earlier. If your results match your pure tone air threshold readings, a sensori-neural loss is present and hearing instruments are the recommended treatment approach.

If your ability to hear is significantly better with the bone conductor, then a possible medical solution should be considered. Your specialist will suggest that you seek the advice of a  physician that specializes in conditions of the ear.