How Hearing Testing Could Change Your Life
A laughing baby. Your favorite TV show. A conversation with your best friend. Rain falling outside, crickets chirping. Sound adds dimension to your days and nights.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually hear these sounds which connect you with your the family and world around you? Missing out on these important sounds leaves you isolated
We’re here to help you and or your loved ones hear better so you can get the most out of life. Everything we do focuses on that goal, helping you hear better. From the staff we hire, our knowledge and skills, our hearing tests, the brands we select and how we expertly fit your hearing aids, should you need them. It all starts with a hearing evaluation and a conversation with you about your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.
What Happens During a Hearing Test?
When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you and ask you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification.
When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing impairment.
Next, we may look into your ears with an otoscope, a special instrument to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and/or perform one of the tests below.
During this hearing test you will respond to a series of low and high frequency tones to determine the softest level you can consistently detect sound. We’ll also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you.
Tympanometry is a test that creates variations of air pressure in the ear canal to check the mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the condition of the middle ear bones. This is not a hearing test but helps us determine if hearing loss is the result of nerve damage or a medical condition in the middle ear.
Otoacoustic emission testing (OAEs) allows your hearing healthcare provider to understand how outer hair cells, tiny structures within your inner ear, are working. This is not a hearing test, but a way for us to know if the inner ear is healthy. This test is very helpful in the assessment of people with tinnitus and hearing loss due to medications (ototoxicity).
Your Hearing Test Results
We’ll record the results of your hearing test on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We’ll show you the type, pattern, and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you’re still able to hear. We will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing.
Next, we’ll consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the time necessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.
Schedule a hearing test with our trained audiologists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing… and how much more you could be hearing.