Hearing impairment affects more than just your ability to hear — it affects your quality of life. The hearing evaluation is just the beginning of your treatment, allowing you to truly hear your best and live life on your terms.
Step One: The Interview
• Has anyone else in your family had hearing problems?
• Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
• Have you taken any medications that might have contributed to hearing impairment?
• Have you been exposed to loud noises in your workplace or while participating in leisure activities?
Step Two: The Examination
The hearing difficulty you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or eardrum. We use a special instrument called an otoscope to inspect your outer ear.
Step Three: Hearing Tests
Next we’ll need to figure out the nature of your hearing loss. There’s a chance we will include hearing tests such as the following:
• Air conduction and bone conduction pure tone threshold search from 250Hz to 8kHz
• Speech reception threshold and word recognition testing.
• A middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and other mechanical parts of your middle ear react to varying degrees of air pressure
• If you are suffering from a hearing impairment, your results will be documented on an audiogram. An audiogram is created after you take a pure-tone hearing test, to map out the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss.
• The audiogram shows your hearing loss by frequency, as pitch and loudness of sounds change. Frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz), and the loudness or intensity is measured in decibels (dB)
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