Is It Time for a Hearing Test?
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?
What to Expect During Your First Visit
This hearing test, or audiologic evaluation, allows the audiologist to determine the type, nature, and degree of your hearing loss. Your sensitivity, acuity
The hearing evaluation will also include a thorough case history and a visual inspection of the ear canal and eardrum. Additional tests of middle ear function may also be performed. Results of the hearing evaluation are plotted on a graph called an audiogram. The audiogram provides a visual view of your hearing test results across various pitches or frequencies.
Components of a Hearing Evaluation
Pure Tone Testing
This is what you probably think of as a “hearing test”. Your hearing levels are measured using tones through air and bone, providing us with sensitivity levels to sound.
Middle Ear Testing
Also referred to as Impedance or Immittance Audiometry gives us an idea of how well the eardrum, the middle ear bones and a few of your ears reflexes are working.
You may be asked to repeat a series of words presented under different listening situations, providing us with additional information beyond pure tones.