Hearing tests are painless, straightforward, and provide essential information about your hearing capabilities. They can identify whether you have a hearing deficiency and, if so, determine its type, degree, and configuration.
Before your hearing test, gather relevant information about your medical history and that of your family. This includes any history of hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, and medications that might impact your hearing. It's also essential to note any specific situations where you find it challenging to hear, as this information will help the audiologist tailor the test to your needs.
Consultation with an Audiologist
The hearing test process begins with a consultation with our experienced audiologist. The audiologist will review your medical history, medications, and conditions that might be influencing your hearing. This stage also involves discussing your daily activities, physical activities, occupational information, and other relevant details that can impact the hearing test results.
Examination of the Ears
The next step involves a physical examination of your ears. Using an otoscope, the audiologist will inspect your ear canal and eardrum to rule out infections, damages, or blockages, such as earwax buildup, which could potentially cause or contribute to hearing loss.
Conducting Hearing Tests
Several tests are conducted to assess your hearing capability, and the type of test may vary based on your specific concerns, medical history, and the audiologist's preferences. Here are some common hearing tests:
After the tests, the audiologist will review your results with you. They are represented in the form of an audiogram, a visual representation of your hearing ability. The audiogram plots the results of your hearing tests for each ear, showing you the pitches (frequencies) and loudness (intensity) of the sounds you are capable of hearing.
Hearing test results can reveal whether you have normal hearing or hearing loss. If hearing loss is detected, the audiogram will specify its type, degree, and configuration. Here's how hearing loss levels are usually categorized, based on the quietest sound you can hear (measured in units called decibels, or dB):
If your hearing test results indicate a hearing loss, don't worry! There are various treatment options available to help improve your hearing health and overall quality of life. These include:
If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, our audiologist will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan. This plan will be tailored to your specific hearing needs and lifestyle preferences, ensuring you receive the most effective solution for your hearing health.
Regular hearing tests are vital to maintaining good hearing health, especially as you get older or if you're frequently exposed to loud noises. At Evanston Audiology, we're committed to offering comprehensive hearing tests and personalized care for your hearing health. Contact us today to schedule a hearing test and take the first step towards better hearing and improved quality of life.