Mobile Hearing Testing: How Does it Work?
Hearing loss tends to sneak up on most people. It is often so gradual that most people are not aware of it until it becomes a significant problem.
If you have trouble following conversations or frequently ask others to repeat themselves, it is a good time for a hearing test. Even if you haven’t noticed any of these issues, a hearing test is an essential part of maintaining good health, just like dental and vision care, so it’s a good idea to stay on top of things.
What Happens During a Hearing Test?
At Hearing at Home, our mobile service means that our patients will recieve the same 5-star hearing care as they would in a clinic, in the comfort of their own home.
The hearing test itself is no different when carried out in the home; the main difference is the environment. Most people feel a lot more comfortable and at ease in their own home, without the additional stress from travel and getting to the office.
A hearing test is so non-intrusive and straightforward that you will wonder why it has been put off for so long. Most of my patients feel more at ease when they understand the various instruments we use and their purpose in the hearing assessment.
The instruments used in hearing tests are relatively straightforward but allow our specialists to get the most accurate reading of results. Typical instruments include:
- An otoscope, which is a handheld device with a light and magnifying lens for looking into your ear canal
- A high-tech set of noise-canceling headphones specially designed to block out background noise
- An audiometer, a small, battery-operated instrument that looks like a new-age digital radio.
For mobile testing, audiometers come equipped with various features like GPS, background noise sensors, and Wi-Fi connectivity. These features contribute to the test’s accuracy and an increased capacity to analyze test results almost instantly.
The first part of a hearing test involves finding an area at your location for setting up testing equipment. Characteristics of a good place for testing include a couple of chairs and a small table within an area isolated from noise and distractions. Setup is about as involved as taking your laptop out of its case and plugging in the headphones.
Once the equipment is set up, most technicians begin with a physical examination of your ears using the otoscope to look for any obstructions or issues that are visually apparent inside the ear canal. In some cases, wax buildup or other obstructions can be the cause of hearing loss.
After a quick look into your ears, you will put on and adjust the fit of the high-tech earphones.
Once achieving a good, comfortable fit, you can then sit back and relax while the testing technician gives you instructions on how to respond to the different sounds you will hear.
Actual testing involves broadcasting a series of sounds with different volumes, tones, and pitches. You will respond to each sound you hear through the headphones according to the instructions the technician gives you.
Discussing the Results
After broadcasting all of the sounds in the series, you will take off the headphones and go over the test results with your hearing care professional.
If there are any specific issues detected during the testing process, the technician will inform you about their implications, corrective options or recommend further testing.
A hearing test is the first step in identifying diminished hearing capacity. Like dental and vision care, hearing care is a vital part of overall health care.
With mobile hearing testing availability with our team of professionals, we can do testing in your home, office, care center, or wherever is most convenient to you.
Contact us to schedule a mobile hearing test or schedule an Access Video Audiology (AVA) appointment for a convenient, no-contact consultation with one of our hearing specialists.
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