What is a Hearing Evaluation?
A Hearing Evaluation is the first step in diagnosing your individual needs. It enables us to determine both where you are hearing well, and where we may need to focus treatment.
Testing consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds. Your ability to hear each tone, or frequency, produces a unique hearing pattern which is specific to you.
These tests are used to determine the extent, type, and details of your particular hearing loss and are performed by one of our licensed hearing care professionals. During these tests, we uncover the information needed to provide you with the best solution possible.
Tests performed may include the following:
- Air Conduction Testing
- Bone Conduction Testing
- Speech Testing
- Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) Testing
- Tympanometry or Acoustic Immittance Testing
After Your Evaluation
After your evaluation is complete, we will spend some time discussing the results. We will carefully outline our findings and our professionals will make a recommendation based on your needs. During this time don’t be afraid to ask questions. We want you to be comfortable and informed. After all, hearing care is a journey, not a quick fix.
Why Do I Need a Hearing Evaluation?
A complete evaluation identifies hearing loss and gives us important information needed to provide help. Since there are different types of hearing loss, each needs to be treated in a specific way. This evaluation uncovers key information that tells us where and how to focus treatment. If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing devices, we offer a wide range of the latest technology, and can recommend the right solution for your needs.
Can I Bring Someone with Me?
Yes! In fact, we encourage you to bring a family member or loved one to your evaluation. Since hearing loss effects more than just you, it’s beneficial to bring someone you trust to help digest the information and recommendations.