What happens at a Hearing Test
If you have scheduled a hearing test, congratulations! You are taking the first step to better hearing health.
In the United States, 48 million people experience some degree of hearing loss, with that number rising to one in three people over the age of 65. Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the country. Even so, when people begin to experience changes in their hearing, they wait an average of seven years until they decide to seek treatment for hearing loss.
By address hearing loss early, you stand to experience many benefits – not only to your hearing health, but to your overall health in general. The first step is to take a hearing test. Here’s what to expect when you come visit us at Sound Hearing Group.
Consultation with Hearing Specialist
The sense of hearing is important in many aspects of our lives. When you come in for your hearing test, the first step is the consultation with your hearing specialist. During this consultation, you will discuss when you first noticed changes in your hearing and particular moments in the day and specific environments in which you find hearing to be the most difficult.
Your hearing specialist will ask about your personal medical history, whether you are being treated for any conditions at the current time, and whether you are on any medication. You will also be asked about your family’s medical history and whether there is a history of hearing loss.
Finally, you’ll discuss your employment, daily activities, hobbies, etc. with your hearing specialist, as all of this is important in hearing loss.
Following the consultation, your hearing specialist will conduct a painless and noninvasive physical examination. Your hearing specialist will use an otoscope, an instrument that allows them to look inside your ear. Your hearing specialist is checking on the physical health of your ear, to see if there is any damage to your ear canal or ear drum, or if there is any blockage. These factors may contribute to changes in your hearing.
After the physical examination, your hearing specialist will ask you to sit in a soundproof space and give you instructions for a series of hearing exams.
The pure-tone hearing exam requires you to wear headphones. Your hearing specialist will play tones at different frequencies and volumes through the headphones. You will be tested by ear during this exam. If you hear a sound, you will be asked to raise your hand. This test is used to determine the softest sounds you are able to hear.
After this, you’ll take the speech recognition exam. During this exam, your hearing specialist will read a series of words at different volumes and distances from you. You will be asked to repeat what you’ve heard. With hearing loss, speech recognition is compromised. This exam will determine your ability to recognize speech and speech patterns.
Reviewing the Audiogram
The results of your hearing exams will be recorded in an audiogram. An audiogram is a visual representation of your hearing abilities, recorded by ear. The speech recognition exam results will be recorded as a percentage. The audiogram will indicate if a hearing loss is present, and if so, the degree and configuration of the hearing loss.
Your hearing specialist will review the results of your audiogram with you and answer any questions you may have.
If a hearing loss is present, your hearing specialist will explain the configuration and degree of your hearing loss. From the data in your audiogram, and informed by the lifestyle details you provided in your initial consultation, we will recommend the best next steps for you. Hearing loss is most commonly treated with hearing aids, which are customized to meet your specific hearing needs.
If you have begun to experience changes in your hearing, contact us at Sound Hearing Group in Sun City to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you every step of the way to better hearing!