Hearing Test

At Hearing Solutions a Hearing test consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech.

A comprehensive diagnostic hearing test is the first step in determining your hearing capability and  the specifics of your particular hearing loss. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborn infants to seniors.

At Hearing Solutions this includes a comprehensive battery of  hearing tests:

  • Air Conduction & Bone Conduction Audiometry
  • Speech testing
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Tympanometry  and acoustic reflex testing

Why a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is Important

Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss, and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of action or treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, or some conditions require a medial opinion so it's important  that results are interpreted appropriately before hearing aids or other treatments are considered

If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the diagnostic hearing evaluation helps your audiologist to know which hearing aids will be most appropriate for your needs.

What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?

The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length. You should also allow for time for discussion with the Audiologist to review test results, and ask questions.

If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options.

It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists 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.

Before your hearing appointment, a complete medical history will be completed and the audiologists will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. He or she will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your hearing appointment.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.

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