HEARING TEST / EVALUATION

A hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing ability.  If you have a hearing loss, the extent, type and specifics of your loss will be detailed.  The hearing evaluation will be performed in our office using equipment called an audiometer by one of our licensed professionals.

The hearing evaluation will consist of a variety of test to determine the aspects of your hearing loss and speech understanding.  This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, including infants to seniors.

The Following Tests May Be Included In A Hearing Evaluation:

  • Air conduction testing
  • Bone conduction testing
  • Speech testing

Many insurance policies cover the hearing evaluation, although a referral or medical clearance may be required.

Why a Hearing Evaluation is Important

Hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and help your hearing professional determine the best treatment.  Some hearing losses can be treated medically, so it is important to rule out these types of losses before hearing aids or other options are considered.

Additionally, if it is determined that hearing aids would be beneficial; the hearing evaluation helps your hearing professional determine which hearing aids will be appropriate for your specific needs.

What To Expect During A Hearing Evaluation

Your evaluation may last up to an hour.  This allows time for discussion with the hearing professional to review your test results and cover any questions you may have.

If you are a candidate for hearing aids, you should plan time to discuss the different hearing aid options.

We recommend that you bring a family member with you to your evaluation.  Most hearing professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue.  A family member provides support and can help you understand the information and recommendations provided.

During your evaluation the hearing professional will ask questions to determine any complaints you have regarding your hearing.  They will make notes about your history with noise, tinnitus and any other medical issues that may have contributed to your hearing loss.  They will look in your ears using a tool called an Otoscope to inspect your Tympanic Membranes and ear canals prior to testing.  After this inspection, you may be referred to a doctor for further evaluation before testing your hearing.

The evaluation provides a chance to establish a relation with your hearing professional.  Please ask questions to ensure you are clear on all of the information provided.