We’re here to help you and or your loved ones hear better and get more out of life. Everything we do is focused 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 aid. It’s all to help you hear better.
We offer a wide range of solutions and it is important to remember that there is no such thing as “one size fits all.” Just as each person’s hearing loss is different, so are each individual’s listening needs and preferences. What works for your neighbor, friend or family member may not be appropriate for you.
What happens during a hearing test?
When you arrive for your hearing exam, you will be greeted by our front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification.
When your hearing exam begins, your audiologist will review key personal information with you and will ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, your audiologist may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the eardrum and whether or not there is earwax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the audiologist will have a video otoscope, so you can see inside your ear as well.
This testing will enable us to determine:
- Whether or not a hearing loss exists
- The possible cause of hearing loss
- The degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears
- The best treatment options
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Your hearing test will consist of a simple word list going through all the sounds of the English language. some words emphasize low frequencies and some emphasize high frequencies. This word test helps us determine your ability to understand speech. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you.
Then we will your pure tone thresholds utilizing an audiometer. Audiometry provides for precise measurement of hearing. To test for air conduction, you wear earphones attached to the audiometer. Pure tones of controlled intensity are delivered to one ear at a time. You are asked to raise a hand, press a button, or otherwise indicate when you hear a sound.
The minimum intensity (volume) required to hear each tone is graphed. An attachment called a bone oscillator is placed against the bone behind each ear (mastoid bone) to test bone conduction.
Based on the results of the speech and audiometric testing, a recommendation can be made for hearing aid wear or not.
If a medical issue is suspected, a referral to physician will be made.
Hearing Test Results
The results of your hearing test are recorded on a form called an audiogram, which we will review and explain to you. An audiogram reflects your hearing loss in both frequencies and decibels. Your hearing loss type, pattern, degree, as well as the percentage of conversational speech that you have lost.
Our next step is to then consider treatment options.
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Begin your path to better hearing by scheduling a hearing test with one of our hearing care professionals. Discover how much you’ve been missing… and how better hearing can improve your quality of life.