Hearing Tests & Evaluations
Hearing testing, or audiologic evaluations, allows our audiologist to determine the type, nature, and degree of your hearing loss.
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.
Our Caring Staff
Our exceptional, friendly staff is one of our greatest assets, and we are proud of their long time association with our office. Patients tell us often how well we work together as a team.
We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of hearing healthcare and great patient communication. Each of our staff members is motivated to achieve the best results for our patients in a calming and comfortable setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What percentage of adults report hearing loss?
Approximately 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.
Which gender is more likely to experience hearing loss?
Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.
Is there a connection between hearing loss and age?
There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing loss.
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