Diagnostic Hearing Tests
A hearing evaluation provides the necessary results to find proper treatment of various hearing diseases and issues. Hearing health specialists from Wise Hearing use industry-standard tests to find solutions. During your evaluation, we will do our best to provide you with the answers and care you need to move forward and take hold of your hearing health.
Preparation is key to a successful and stress-free hearing evaluation, and we are here to make sure you have everything you need to make your evaluation go smoothly. Before arriving to your evaluation, contact your general practitioner’s (GP) office to get a copy of your medical records. This will help us better understand your medical history and provide a more accurate treatment course, should you need one. Typically, your GP’s office should be able to electronically transfer you records but if that is not an option, they can fax your records directly to our office with your permission to save you time from running around from office to office.
What is a hearing evaluation?
Hearing evaluations identify a range of hearing and health issues, ranging from hearing loss, to tinnitus, to balance issues. Previous medical history is required for the evaluation to provide the most accurate information and to help guide treatment options.
We will start off with a short physical examination to rule out any obstructions or physical damage to your ears. Questions leading up to the evaluation will cover family health issues, current daily noise exposure and future hearing expectations. Your medical history and the interview portion of the evaluation will help decide which tests are effective. With the information provided, we will explore all options before moving on to the full evaluation.
Testing is done to measure potential hearing loss in your inner, outer and middle ear. The two main test types are pure-tone and speech tests. Pure-tone tests create an enclosed environment with the use of headphones. Various sounds are played through a headset or speaker at different volumes. These tones require you to acknowledge that you heard the sound and to verify in which ear.
Speech testing also uses headphones, but this time instead of hearing sounds, you’ll hear words. We use speech testing to monitor the recognition of words repeated at variable levels. The results of speech tests are a good measure of how well you hear in noisy environments.
Outside of the two main tests, otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem responses are considered during the evaluation. They round out an expected gamut of options when diagnosing the health of your middle, inner and outer ear.
If you think it’s time to get a hearing evaluation, please reach out to one of our three locations to schedule a hearing evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you!