What Happens During a Hearing Test
A hearing test is a painless procedure designed to provide us with information about the status of well…your ability to hear. The following are a few of the procedures that might occur during the course of a hearing test. It is quite possible that not all of these procedures will be done when you come for your visit. We treat every patient as an individual and as such we will tailor your visit to meet your needs.
An evaluation of the outer ear and ear canal using an instrument called an otoscope will follow the history taking. This step is typical during just about every new patient visit. We’re looking for abnormalities and dysfunction of the outer ear and ear canal.
Pure Tone Testing
Sound will be delivered via headphones either placed over your ears or insert (a soft disposal tip is used) just into your ear canal. You will hear a series of beeps or tones. This test will give us an idea of your threshold (the softest sound you can hear) levels for different frequencies (pitches).
Speech Discrimination Testing
Since it’s important to determine how well you’re able to understand the spoken word we administer speech tests. The speech discrimination test is administered at a level that is comfortable for you. You will hear a series of words and be asked to repeat each word back, one at a time
Approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.
Hearing Loss & 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.
Custom Tailored Care
Choosing any healthcare professional is one of the most important decisions you can make, and we hope to you decide to choose us. We pride ourselves on a being a very patient-centered practice. We always take the time to listen to you so we can better understand the day-to-day challenges you are facing as a result of hearing or balance difficulties.
We use this information to provide a plan that is custom tailored to meet each individual’s needs and expectations. We find that this is the best way to develop treatment goals and intervention strategies that are both relevant and achievable.