Choosing to have your hearing evaluated is a big step towards improving your communication with others and enhancing your life. When you come to our office for the first time, we will ask about your medical history and discuss areas of your life where hearing is a concern. The actual evaluation will involve examining your ears, checking your ability to recognize everyday words at different volume levels, and determining your hearing levels in each ear by listening to tones.
The evaluation is done to determine if a hearing loss is present, and if so, to detail the type and severity of the hearing loss. It also may provide insight in to the cause of the hearing loss as well as provide guidance for the audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations.
What Tests Will Be Done?
The audiologist will perform an exam of the outer ear using an otoscope to ensure the ear canal is clear and to check the eardrum.
Tympanometry measures eardrum mobility and pressure in the middle ear by placing a soft probe in the outer ear.
The hearing evaluation is done in a sound treated booth with insert earphones. You will listen to various tones and indicate when you hear them by pushing a button or raising a hand. Your provider will graph your responses determining how loud a sound has to be for you to hear it. This is repeated for various tones across the range most important for speech.
Speech Reception testing is done to determine how softly you can hear speech. You will be asked to repeat various two syllable words that will get softer and softer.
Speech discrimination testing is done to determine if the speech is clear when presented at a comfortable volume (loud enough to easily hear it). You will be asked to repeat various one syllable words and the percentage correct is recorded.
Results from these tests are recorded on an audiogram which will be shown to you and explained when testing is completed.