Whether you’ve heard it be referred to as a hearing evaluation, hearing assessment, or hearing test, they all mean the same thing: it’s where we help you understand what level your hearing is at and whether or not you have a hearing loss.
The truth is, many people put off getting a hearing evaluation, but that’s probably because they don’t know what to expect during it. For this reason, we’ve put together this article to help you understand exactly what happens.
So, here’s what you can expect when you visit us for a hearing evaluation…
The evaluation typically lasts up to one hour. You should also allow time for discussion with the hearing instrument specialist to review test results and ask questions.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
We’ll Start With A Friendly Introduction
When you begin your pathway to better hearing, you’ll start with a warm greeting from one of our Hearing Instrument Specialists, Dan or Ryan.
Initially, we just want to find out a little more about you and discuss the particular concerns you have about your hearing.
It will be especially important for us to learn about your full medical history, as this can reveal clues about the existence of a hearing condition.
After gaining all of these valuable insights, we can begin to examine how your hearing is functioning.
Then, It’s Time For The Visual Inspection
After this, we will take a look inside your ears to see if there are any obvious issues affecting your hearing.
This will include the inner and outer areas – both points where a problem might be lingering.
In particular, we’ll look to see if there’s any fluid or swelling behind your eardrum or within your ear canal, which can cause an infection, but we’ll also look for foreign objects or earwax build-up, which might be stopping sounds from transmitting through your ears.
The Hearing Test
Now comes the part where we measure how well you can hear various types of sounds.
This takes place in the dedicated sound booth, where you’ll put on a pair of headphones and listen to selected noises.
For the first test, you’ll just have to press a button when you hear a beep, which we’ll steadily reduce in volume and harshness.
Then, we’ll ask you to repeat certain words amid different background noises, analyzing how well you can react in these different circumstances.
Finally, The Results
After this final part of the assessment is complete, we will discuss the results.
If these reveal that you’d benefit from further medical assistance or surgical procedures, then we may refer you to a local ENT surgeon.
But if you’re a good candidate for hearing aids or other forms of technological assistance, we will be able to discuss the best options with you right away.
Many patients leave our offices with amazing new treatments, experiencing a whole world of forgotten sounds in an instant.
Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who might be? Contact the friendly team at one of the three Absolute Hearing Aid Centers, and we’ll be happy to offer you further information.