When you are choosing a hearing care provider, it is important to have a sense of what your hearing evaluation will include.
At Texas Hearing Clinic, a Clinical Doctor of Audiology will conduct a full evaluation, including a series of questions to determine your current status health- and hearing-wise. After your history has been reviewed, she will look in your ears to ensure there are no foreign objects or debris stopping your ears up. A block of wax (cerumen) in the ears can result in some temporary hearing loss, so this is an important step in the comprehensive hearing evaluation.
Following otoscopy, the audiologist will conduct a tympanometric evaluation. This determines whether your ears are blocked with middle ear fluid (common among toddlers and infants) or if any injury has been sustained to the ear drum.
As needed, the audiologist may also obtain acoustic reflexes to determine if your auditory nerves and middle ear muscles are working appropriately. This test can rule out certain diseases and problems in the auditory system.
The hearing evaluation in the sound booth should consist of speech and pure tone evaluations. First, you will repeat back many words. Speech testing helps the audiologist to have a clear idea of how well you understand speech at an optimal volume, as well as how softly you can perceive speech.
Lastly, you'll be raising your hand or pressing a button in response to tones both loud and soft. The goal in this test is to find the softest sounds you can perceive across the frequencies. We test from 250 Hz to 8000 Hz. Our ears are able to perceive sounds from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. But human speech ranges from around 125Hz to 8000Hz.
At the end of your hearing evaluation, the audiologist will explain your results and help you come up with a plan for your long term hearing care.