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Everything You Need to Know About Hearing Testing


Here at Hearing Associates, we want you to be informed about the hearing test process. That’s why we take the time to sit down with you and field all of your hearing test questions and concerns. Your hearing is important, and we want you to know about all of the hearing tests we offer.

  • Pure Tone Testing - Pure tone testing entails playing and recording the softest possible sounds you can hear.
  • Speech Testing - Speech testing has to do with hearing the sound of people’s voices. It grades your ability to hear and process speech.
  • Middle Ear Test - Middle ear testing includes tympanometry, which tests the mobility of the eardrum, and acoustic reflex testing, which measures how much the muscle in your ear contracts in response to sound.

  •  Otoacoustic Emissions - This tests the functionality of the cochlea. It is mainly used for newborns as no patient response is necessary, and in differentiating between sensory and neural hearing loss.

  • Audiogram Service - Once your tests are complete, an audiologist will compose a detailed audiogram. An audiogram is a graph that details the current condition of your hearing, including how loud sounds need to be for you to hear them. Your hearing will be placed on a spectrum, allowing you to see the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss.

  • Hearing Test for Adults and Children - We apply all the aforementioned test methods for both adults and children.

When Is It Time for a Hearing Test?

You should schedule a hearing test if you have trouble hearing in restaurants and other public places, have trouble hearing when someone is speaking, feel pain or ringing in your ears, have arbitrary spells of dizziness, have trouble hearing on the phone, or if you simply have general concerns about your hearing. When you schedule a hearing test, our experienced audiologists will conduct what’s called an audiological hearing evaluation. We will look into your ear with an otoscope and perform a variety of hearing tests to determine your level of hearing loss. We will also take a detailed look into your medical history to determine the best form of treatment.

What to Know About Hearing Testing

It’s natural to have concerns about your hearing. We want you to feel comfortable here at Hearing Associates and know that your hearing is in the hands of professionals. Our patients often ask:

  • How are physical examinations done? Audiologists use an otoscope to see inside your ear and evaluate for blockage or physical damage. Pressure may also be applied to determine the mobility of the eardrum.
  • What to expect from hearing tests for babies? Hearing tests for babies are quick and painless. They usually entail playing sounds and observing your baby’s eardrum with probes that measure echo response.
  • How do hearing tests help you choose hearing aids? A hearing test is crucial to determine which type of hearing aid will restore your hearing. The results of the hearing test will also inform your audiologist about how to adjust your new hearing aids for optimal performance.

Your Hearing Is Important to Us

No matter what types of hearing tests you may need, we can help at Hearing Associates. Our state-of-the-art equipment and supremely experienced audiologists will help you preserve your hearing. Schedule your hearing evaluation today!

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