A hearing test is essential in determining if a hearing loss is present, but is also essential in general hearing and ear health. It is important to determine a baseline hearing test for each and every patient to know and mark changes to the ears and hearing over time. The hearing specialists at Nobile Hearing Aid Center can help each and every patient through the hearing test process and recommend the best course of action to remedy their hearing problems.
What to expect
It can be a little unnerving not knowing what to expect during a hearing test, especially if you’ve never had one done before. The hearing aid specialists at Nobile Hearing Aid Center will talk you through the different steps, tests and processes for assessing your hearing health. They will gladly sit down with each and every patient to explain in great detail, if needed, the process of the hearing test and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
First, each hearing test will start with our hearing aid specialists collecting a case history of the patient. For the case history, the patient will fill out a questionnaire about their medical background, lifestyle and any hearing concerns. All questions asked and answered will help the hearing specialists understand the reason for the appointment. Once the case history questionnaire is filled out, the patient and hearing aid specialist will go over the information to clarify any points on it. Patients are encouraged to ask questions.
Once the case history is complete, the hearing specialist will exam both the outside and inside of the ear to ensure it is normal and healthy to go through with the hearing test. Any abnormalities or impaction or ears that are filled with wax, will be referred to the patient’s family doctor for further examination.
Testing your hearing
Next, the patient and hearing aid specialist will go to the sound booth to begin the hearing test. The hearing test generally consists of a couple different parts, including:
- Air conduction test: During an air conduction test, sounds at different levels are presented to you and you must indicate when the sound is heard. This test is given through headphone or earbuds.
- Bone conduction test: This is similar to the air conduction test, but it is delivered to the patient through a bone oscillator that is placed on the bone behind the ear.
- Speech test: The final test is the speech test and helps the hearing specialist see where the patient has trouble with speech.
Once all of the testing has been completed, the patient and the hearing specialist will sit down together to go over the results and determine the next course of action. Questions are highly because it is important to know and understand your hearing results and what they mean to you, the patient, in your life.
Recommendations may be made for hearing aids or for other assistive listening devices. No matter the results, the hearing specialists at Nobile Hearing Aid Center are there to help you through this transition with knowledge and support.