What to Expect from a Hearing Exam

Hearing exams are the first step towards better hearing. They are used to give insight into your hearing health, and allows your audiologist to give personalized treatment options.

Hearing loss is usually gradual, and you might not notice it at first. However, those living with hearing impairment face isolation, fear of social situations, and reduced quality of life. It’s recommended that you test your hearing every year to take control of your hearing health.

Personal Interview

The first step in a hearing test is a personal interview, so our hearing professionals can get to know you and determine how hearing loss is affecting your life. Learning about your lifestyle will help them make recommendations for the best treatment options to fit seamlessly into your life.

In the interview, expect to discuss injuries or illnesses that might have affected your hearing, as well as your family history with hearing loss. Your hearing professional may ask about your work or leisure activities to determine your exposure to excessively loud noises. They will also ask about other health factors like diabetes or high blood pressure, and any medications you are taking which can impact your hearing.

Looking at Your Ears

The next step of the hearing exam is a physical exam to determine the physical health of your ears. This non-invasive exam uses a light called an otoscope to take a close look at your outer ear and inner canal to check for damage, or blockage from earwax.

Audio Tests

A main component of the hearing exam is audio tests to determine the hearing abilities and thresholds of each ear. In the pure tone audiometry test, you will wear headphones and listen to different sounds at various pitches. All you have to do is indicate which tones you hear. The speech evaluation test plays normal conversations at several volumes, to determine your ability to hear and understand conversations. Be honest! We’re here to help you hear, so you won’t be helping yourself if you say you can hear something you can’t. An audiogram visually displays the results, showing what sounds are missing from your hearing range.

Discussing Treatment

The final step in the hearing exam is to review the results of your hearing abilities and discuss different treatment options. For many people, getting fitted for a hearing aid is the recommended treatment. Our hearing specialist will discuss what hearing aids would match your hearing loss and lifestyle, what style and features you prefer, and what hearing aids fit within your budget.

Other treatment options include assistive listening devices that will amplify sounds like conversations, the telephone or the TV. It acts as a microphone extension, bringing far away or soft sounds right to your ear.

Hearing exams are easy and painless - and we'll bring them right to your home! We will give you the best advice for your hearing health, so don’t wait.