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TESTING FOR HEARING LOSS

If a hearing loss is suspected, then you should see an Audiologist. A hearing test consists of responding when you hear different frequencies presented at different volume levels. This test will produce a profile of your hearing, called an audiogram. The Audiologist will use the audiogram to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss. The Audiologist will also assess the outer and middle ear and determine whether the hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.

It is recommended that people over fifty years of age get their hearing checked regularly.

If you have any questions regarding hearing or hearing aids, contact us at Port Perry Audiology.


What Happens During a Hearing Test Anyway?


When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information and medical history.

As your exam begins, your audiologist will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.

Next, the audiologist will look into your ears by using a video otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal.

The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a soundproof booth. The audiologist will place earphones in your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or "threshold" at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to press a button.

Next is speech testing, when you will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can not only detect, but understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test. This test will determine how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.

The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the audiologist will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss. Your audiologist will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.