There are lots of online hearing tests out there. While they may give you an idea of your hearing abilities, an in-person hearing test with a professional is the most effective approach to start the process of correcting any hearing problems you may have.
We understand that you may be nervous about starting your first hearing test. That's why we're here to make sure you know what to expect so that you can feel comfortable during the test itself.
We'll ask you questions about your medical history and your family's medical history. This is important because many factors contribute to hearing loss. These include the following:
- Current medications
- Previous surgeries
- Previous ear infections
- Family members with similar symptoms or known issues (i.e., diabetes)
An ear examination is performed to look for any physical causes of your potential hearing loss.
Next, we will look inside your ear using an otoscope. An otoscope is a handheld magnifying device that allows the healthcare professional to see inside your ear. We will gently place the flat end of the scope part into your ear canal. Then we may need to tilt your head so that he can get a better view of the eardrum.
You will then have a pure-tone test. This is a test that measures how well you hear across different frequencies. The frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz). The test is done in a soundproof booth where you sit wearing headphones. You then listen to sounds and raise your hand when you hear one.
Speech recognition test
Next, there will be a speech recognition test. This is the last step in your hearing test and is used to determine the severity of your hearing loss and how well you hear in noisy environments. Speech recognition tests are also used to determine how well you hear in quiet environments and your ability to follow directions given by someone who is talking directly to you.
We may perform other tests as we see fit, but these are the main two that are part of every hearing test.
After your hearing test, we will explain your test results and discuss the next steps with you.
There are 4 levels of hearing loss to look out for:
- Mild Hearing Loss: People with mild hearing loss can hear sounds between 25 and 40 decibels. They can't hear subtle sounds like a ticking clock or a dripping faucet.
- Moderate Hearing Loss: A person with moderate hearing loss can't hear sounds that are less than 40-75 decibels on average. Normal speech may be difficult to understand for people with moderate hearing loss.
- Severe Hearing Loss: Without a hearing aid, a person with severe hearing loss may find it difficult to follow a conversation.
- Profound Hearing Loss: This is the most severe and significant level of hearing loss. Hearing aids are less useful for people who have substantial hearing loss. Even loud sounds, such as airplane engines or fire alarms, are difficult to hear when you have severe hearing loss.
Are you ready to get tested? Book an appointment with us today!