When To Have Your Hearing Tested
You should have a baseline hearing test done by age 50 and annual tests after. If you work in a noisy or hazardous environment, get your initial hearing test as soon as possible. Annual hearing tests establish a history that can be used as a comparison for future hearing tests. This helps measure hearing loss over time so that potential hearing problems can be identified and addressed.
Tests Performed at Better Hearing Place
- Communication Assessment, to determine your hearing needs.
- Otoscopy, or looking into the ears with a lighted scope to check for earwax. You can actually see what is being done during this procedure.
- An audiogram is a graph of the softest sounds you can hear.
- A tympanogram, is a test used to detect disorders of the middle air. Air pressure in the ear canal is varied to test the condition and mobility (movement) of the ear drum (tympanic membrane).
- Hearing aid evaluation/consultation if hearing aids are appropriate for the patients hearing loss and lifestyle.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR HEARING TEST
These tests usually take less than an hour to complete. With the results we will make an accurate assessment of your hearing capabilities and advise you of all your treatment options. In most cases, this means hearing aids or instruments. If a medical problem is found, we will refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor.