What to Expect at a Hearing Test
The mental and emotional fatigue, social isolation, and breakdown in relationships that come with hearing loss aren’t the absolute reality that so many people think it is. We can take control of our hearing health by taking proactive steps to identify any hearing issues and move forward with evidence-based medical treatment.
The first action to take in confronting hearing loss is to schedule a hearing consultation. They’re quick and painless and our team of hearing health professionals will guide you every step of the way.
From there, our team will work with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. If you’ve chosen to invest in hearing aids or other hearing treatments, we’ll continue to support you through patient education, enlist the help of your family and friends for support, schedule follow-up visits, and continue to monitor your hearing experience.
It all starts with the choice to schedule a hearing consultation. Here’s what to expect at your appointment.
Preparing for Your Hearing Consultation
Tell us about your recent hearing experiences
Enlist a friend or family member
We welcome and encourage you to bring a friend or family member to your hearing consultation. Not only can they help you feel at ease, we know from experience that enlisting your support network both during your appointment and at home will result in a success rate for any future treatments. Oftentimes the addition of a companion in the appointment allows us to have a greater understanding of where you may be struggling in your day-to-day experiences. Patients often feel that they are coping well with their hearing loss while their family may bring attention to the fact that they are struggling.
Designed for family-centered education and advocacy, all of our patient exam areas are equipped with large flat-screen televisions for ease of counseling and review of test findings. Our viewing areas were created to allow for multiple friends and family to watch your test be performed from outside of the sound booth and see your results as they are gathered.
The 3 Stages of a Hearing Consultation
The first thing we’ll do after you arrive for your hearing consultation is to take a medical inventory. Your health history might provide clues on your hearing condition or help us look for probable conditions. This includes reviewing previous traumas, illnesses, or medical events you’ve experienced previously may be impacting your current hearing reality.
Here, we’ll ask you about your unique lifestyle, habits, and life experiences. The way we live can have a profound impact on our hearing. Noise exposure, including hobbies and recreational activities, might have played a role in the development of hearing loss.
We perform a physical examination of your ears in order to rule out conductive hearing loss, which is caused by an obstruction of the ear. We’ll remove any potential blockage if present. We’re also checking to make sure that the tissues and structure of the ear are healthy and functioning.
After the physical examination of the ears, we begin the auditory examination. These tests discover the softest levels of sound that you can hear and how well you are able to repeat speech in quiet as well as in the presence of background noise. The different tests help us diagnose the severity and type of hearing loss (conductive, mixed, or sensorineural), and the results help us determine the best treatment for you.