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What to Expect from a Hearing Appointment

Curious about what will happen during your first hearing appointment? Find out what to expect and how we test your hearing ability.

Do you think you could be suffering from hearing loss? The first step to determining whether you need hearing help is taking a hearing test. But what will this appointment be like? Learn what to expect at your hearing exam and how you can be prepared.

HEARING HISTORY

The first thing you will have to do when you go in for a hearing test is provide some information about your hearing health and history. This can help determine possible causes of hearing loss and give your audiologist some information about the best ways to treat you.

Some of the things you might need to know for your hearing history include:

  • Your history of medical conditions that could cause hearing problems, such as allergies, ear infections, or different types of head or ear trauma.
  • Your medication history
  • Your work history, especially if you work in a noisy or loud environment
  • Your family history of hearing loss
  • Any previous ear-related issues or symptoms you’ve had, such as tinnitus, ear pain, or previous ear surgeries or treatments.

EAR INSPECTION AND TESTING

Once your audiologist has an understanding of your hearing history, he or she will perform several different hearing tests and examinations. These tests are painless and generally non-invasive. Some of the most common hearing tests include:

VISUAL INSPECTION

Often the first test your audiologist will perform is a simple visual inspection of your outer and middle ear. This can help to diagnose any abnormalities with your ear itself, and also to find any deposits of earwax or foreign objects that could interfere with your hearing. It’s also the easiest way to see if your middle ear and eardrum is inflamed or damaged.

PURE TONE TESTING

The classic hearing test for most people is the pure tone test, also known as a sound field or air conduction test. This test involves wearing a pair of headphones and listening to tones at different frequencies and volumes. When you hear the tone, you will be asked to push a button or make a signal to the audiologist. This test helps determine what frequencies and sound levels your ears can pick up accurately, and also tells your audiologist what type of hearing loss you might have.

SPEECH TESTING

Another test that is similar to the tone test is the speech test. In this test, your audiologist will play different words and phrases to you through a set of headphones and ask you to repeat them. This helps your audiologist accurately determine your hearing ability in normal conversation.

RESULTS

After you take your hearing tests, your audiologist will go over your results and make recommendations for what you should do next. This might include a follow up with an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor or recommendations for hearing devices. Most hearing appointments last about an hour, and depending on your results you may need to make a follow up appointment as well.

If you want to learn more about scheduling a hearing exam or understanding your results, call Audio Recovery today at 405-949-1906 or send us a message on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you soon.