A Hearing Test Could Change Your Life
A laughing baby. Your favorite TV show. A conversation with your best friend. Crickets chirping. Sound adds dimension to your days and nights.
We’re here to help you and or your loved ones hear better so you can get the most out of life. Everything we do focuses on that goal, from the staff we hire, our knowledge and skills, our hearing tests, the brands we select and how we expertly fit your hearing aids, should you need them. It all starts with a hearing evaluation and a conversation with you about your lifestyle, needs and preferences.
What Happens During a Hearing Test?
When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you and ask you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification.
When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, we will examine your ear with a video-otoscope, which is a small camera that projects an image of your ear on a TV screen. This will give you the opportunity to look along with the hearing professional to see the condition of the ear canal and eardrum to make sure no abnormalities exist.
You will then go into a soundproof room to test your hearing. Your hearing professional will place headsets over your ears or insert ear plugs. Then we will run several tests to confirm the condition of your outer, middle and inner ear. These tests include:
A hearing screening will enable us to determine:
- Whether or not you have hearing loss
- The possible cause of hearing loss
- The degree and type of hearing loss and whether it’s in one or both ears
- The best treatment options
Pure Tone Air Conduction Test
Measures the patient’s ability to hear a wide range of sounds from low pitch bass frequencies to the high pitched frequency spectrum.
Pure Tone Bone Conduction Test
An oscillator is placed on the mastoid bone of the ear and the patient’s acoustic nerve is tested over a wide range of frequencies
Word Recognition and Discrimination Test
A series of phonetically balanced words are presented to the patient who is asked to repeat the words back as he/she understood them.
A computerized measure of the eardrum mobility and the pressure behind the eardrum. Tympanometry detects the presence of eardrum perforations and whether there is any distention or retraction of the eardrum.
Acoustic Reflex Test
A test whereby the muscle contractions of the middle ear are evaluated which can determine the extent of your loss or the type of hearing loss.
Understanding Your Hearing Test Results
We will discuss the results of all your hearing tests with you. They may show that your hearing is within the normal range or somewhere between a mild to profound hearing loss. We’ll explain the probable causes of any hearing loss along with our recommendations or solutions. These strategies may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, auditory training and/or referral to your medical practitioner.
Should we determine that you are a candidate for hearing aids, we’ll take an impression of your ears. To begin, we’ll insert a cotton block to protect your eardrum and ensure your safety. Then we insert a silicone material into your ear to allow a customized fitting of your earmold. You’ll want to schedule an appointment with us a week later for the fitting and computer programming of your hearing aids.
Start by scheduling a hearing test with our trained audiologists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing… and how much more you could be hearing.