What Happens During a Hearing Test?

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Ear Exam

If you are having issues with your hearing, you may need to consult a hearing care provider and perhaps arrange a hearing test. Conducting a hearing test, a hearing specialist will be able to tell you what is causing your hearing issue and ideally offer you a treatment or solution. This could including hearing aids or even surgery depending on your particular condition. But what exactly does a hearing test entail?

A quick question-answer test

First, you will need to fill in some questions on a survey. This will provide a hearing health professional will a lot of the information they need if your issue is caused by a physical problem. For instance, you might have a history of chronic illness in your family. Certain illnesses can cause hearing problems. This is why you need to make sure that you provide a full medical history and answer all the questions as accurately as possible. As well as pre-existing medical conditions, a hearing specialist will also be checking for any environmental causes or potential issues with medication that you might be using.

This portion of the hearing test will likely take no more than twenty minutes, and it will be completed before your appointment.

Practical examination

Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will be called in for a practical examination. Assuming there isn’t any clear cause of your hearing issue, your hearing care provider will want to check your ears. They may insert a camera inside your canal to check for any blockages. This is completely painless and if felt at all, will be like a slight tickle. A vibration test may also be used to check for problems with your eardrum. Again, you will barely feel this.

After that, you will be asked to wear headphones. A hearing health professional will then complete an actual hearing test. They will check whether you can hear certain sounds or noises at different volumes. This will typically include speech as well as other recorded sounds.

A hearing test may also involve inserting a small microphone into your ear. Again, you won’t feel this, and it can measure how well your ear is picking up different noises. It might also help your hearing care provided pinpoint an issue such as subjective tinnitus. With subjective tinnitus, your ear is creating a sound that can be heard using specialist listening devices.

Advice and support

The final part of the hearing test will be based on addressing the results. In other words, your hearing test might have revealed that you need surgery. If that’s the case, your hearing health professional will discuss this with you and help ensure that you know everything necessary. Or, alternatively, it’s possible that your hearing test has revealed severe hearing loss. If that’s the case, then they will likely recommend hearing aids. A hearing health professional will provide information on the different types of hearing aids available to you and make sure that you know all the possible options. You can also ask any questions that you may have at this stage.