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Diagnostic Hearing Tests in Denver, CO

A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. The diagnostic hearing evaluation will be performed by an audiologist, usually in his or her office, using equipment called an audiometer.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborn infants to seniors.

A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:

  • Air conduction testing
  • Bone conduction testing
  • Speech testing
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing

The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, though you may need a referral from your primary care physician to qualify for coverage.

Why a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is Important

If you're worried about your hearing or the hearing of a family member, don't take any chances. Come to Hearing Associates in Denver, CO, for expert advice. We'll administer a hearing test to assess and diagnose any problems,and we can recommend any services you may need, such as a hearing aid, depending on the results of the test.

What Does a Hearing Test Include?

A diagnostic hearing evaluation includes a variety of tests to see what, if any, type of hearing loss the patient has and how well the patient can understand speech. Our hearing evaluations may include:

  • Bone conduction testing
  • Air conduction testing
  • Speech testing
  • Auditory brainstem response(ABR) testing
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
  • Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing

We can administer hearing tests to people of every age, including infants and seniors. Most health insurance policies cover hearing evaluations, though you might need your primary care doctor to refer you to us to qualify.

Why Are Hearing Tests Important?

If you fear you're losing your hearing,a hearing test can tell you and your doctor how much of your hearing is gone and what may cause the problem. Some types of hearing loss are reversible with medical treatment or surgery, so you need to know what type of hearing loss you have in order to know how to treat the problem.

Even if your hearing loss is irreversible, a hearing test can still help. Every hearing aid is different,and depending on your type of hearing loss, certain hearing aids may be more helpful for you than others. After performing an evaluation, we can recommend the best hearing aids for your situation. Don't put off this important test-call 303-369-1096 or use the "schedule your appointment" link on the right side of this page to contact us.

What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?

The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length. You should also allow for time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results, and ask questions.

If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options.

It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.

Before your appointment, a complete medical history will be completed and the audiologist will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. He or she will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. It helps to ask around for recommendations to audiologist in your area and find someone who listens carefully to your concerns. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.