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What to expect during your first appointment
At your first audiology appointment, the doctor will want to get a case history from you. This will include any relevant medical history, any recent complaints and symptoms you've had, and anything related to your symptoms. Free Oticon hearing test
What you can expect at your appointment
Comprehensive Audiological Assessment
Review of Testing Results and Recommendations
We begin by determining the degree of your loss.
At your first appointment our audiologist will perform a number of different tests. The main types of tests include:
Otoscopy is a simple visual examination of the outer ear canal or ear drum using a medical device called an otoscope.
Tympanometry measures how well the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is moving. This hearing test helps detect fluid in the middle ear, a perforated eardrum, or wax blocking the ear canal.
Audiometry consists of air conduction and bone conduction hearing test. It’s done in a soundproof room, where you will raise your hand or push a button when you hear sounds. An air conduction test sends pure tones through every part of your ear to test your hearing across different frequencies. Bone conduction testing measures the sensitivity of your cochlea using a bone vibrator placed behind your ear.
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Speech recognition testing evaluates your ability to understand words and sentences spoken at a normal listening level. This helps determine the degree to which background noise interferes with your speech understanding, an important factor when considering your different treatment options.
The results of your hearing tests are mapped onto a chart called an audiogram, which gives a visual overview of your hearing loss. An audiogram shows the lowest levels at which you can detect different sounds, from low to high frequencies. Your audiologist will take time to explain the results of your audiogram and the implications it has for your treatment.
Once your audiologist understands your hearing loss, they can recommend the treatment options best suited to you. There are treatments for most types and degrees of hearing loss, from mild hearing loss to profound hearing loss, conventional hearing aids to bluetooth capable and fully rechargeable hearing aids, cochlear implants, hybrid implants and bone conduction implants.. When considering your choices, think about your lifestyle and what you value most about your hearing. Your priority may be to participate more in work meetings, engage again with your grandchildren, or return to playing a musical instrument. Once your audiologist knows your hearing goals, they can better clarify the pros and cons of your suggested treatment(s) and help you choose the right option for you.
Why is a diagnostic hearing evaluation important?
A diagnostic hearing evaluation/hearing test can help us identify hearing loss and give our audiologists important information to determine the best treatment options. Some hearing loss issues can be treated medically or surgically, so it's important to determine the type and degree of hearing loss before hearing aids or non-surgical treatments can be considered.
If a hearing aid is prescribed, then the hearing evaluation will also help determine the appropriate type and manufacturer.
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Think about these everyday listening situations and how they affect you. This short questionnaire can help provide insight into your hearing and if you might want to seek a professional hearing evaluation.
The purpose of this hearing test is to pinpoint your hearing challenges, give you a real understanding and point you to someone who can help.
You will then get your hearing test results. If these indicate that you might have a hearing loss, you can enter your contact information for a follow-up consultation with a local hearing care professional. Just look for us audiologists Northwest your hearing healthcare specialists.
What can you expect at your diagnostic hearing evaluation?
Your evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length and includes time for our audiologist to review your results and for you to ask any questions that you might have. If hearing aids are prescribed then time will be made for your fitting. It is a good idea to bring a family member or friend with you to your evaluation appointment to help you understand and discuss your options.
Before your appointment, you will be asked to fill out a medical history form and this information will be used to help the audiologists learn about any family hearing loss issues as well as any current hearing complaints you might be experiencing. The doctor will pay special attention to any concerns you might have with noise, tinnitus and balance problems. Make sure to bring a full list of all medications or supplements you are currently taking to your appointment.
Your diagnostic hearing appointment is a good chance to establish a relationship with our staff and our audiologist. Make sure to take the time to ask questions and actively participate in your appointment. This will ensure that all your questions or concerns are addressed and that you receive the right hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.