Audiologist test procedures are used to provide a comprehensive hearing evaluation and diagnosis.
Hearing Assessment Forms
Your in-office appointment will begin with a couple of simple one-page forms. To save time on your visit, download and complete these PDF Forms:
Your audiologist will test your hearing as follows:
- Hearing Interview: Your audiologist will ask about your hearing history and lifestyle contexts. This includes questions about your occupation (past and present), hobbies and activities. You will also be asked about your home and common public environments (particularly noisy places like restaurants).
- Ear Canal Inspection: Your audiologist will look into your ears using an instrument called a “Video Otoscope.” This instrument is used to inspect your ear canal and eardrum. A common finding is that ear wax is obstructing the canal so a bit of cleaning may be all you need.
- Pure Tone Test: This test is conducted in a quiet environment like a soundproof booth. An audiologist will insert ear pieces into your ears and use a “Digital Audiometer” to play a series of tones at various volumes. You will push a button or raise your hand whenever you hear a tone. This audiologist test determines the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear sound frequencies and is therefore helpful toward diagnosing those afflicted by “Tinnitus.” Tinnitus symptoms include ringing, clicking, hissing or roaring sounds when no sound is actually present.
- Acoustic Reflex Test: This test looks for abnormalities in middle and outer ear areas. Your audiologist will insert a device that will change the pressure within your ear. Common issues identified include perforated eardrums or fluid behind the eardrum.
- Hearing in Noise Test (HINT): The HINT audiologist test measures speech reception thresholds and word discrimination capabilities in noisy environments. There’s a big difference between hearing sounds in general and comprehending words, especially when background sound or other noises interfere.
- Speech Map Test: This audiologist test measures sound correction performance in relationship with a patient’s hearing loss within a (+) or (-) of 3 db accuracy.
Hearing Aid Recommendations
If your audiology test indicates that hearing aids will improve your lifestyle, your we will present relevant hearing aid options. This includes letting you actually hear the difference that hearing instruments will make for you.