What to Expect During Hearing Tests and Evaluations
Hearing tests are the first step in helping your audiologist determine the degree and type of hearing loss that you have. Hearing tests are painless and easily administered.
The person who is given the hearing test sits in a booth and listens to a variety of beeps at different pitches and volumes. Using a button, the person being tested can signal to the audiologist whether they hear the sounds. Based on the beeps you are able to hear, the audiologist will find out whether your hearing loss is mild, moderate, or severe. They will be able to graph your hearing loss onto a chart called an audiogram, which is a graphical and visual representation of your hearing loss.
Speech audiometry is also a part of the hearing test and is used to help determine the softest speech sounds that a person can hear and understand. It also allows the audiologist to determine whether the person with hearing loss can understand speech.
Speech in Noise Test
Difficulty hearing in background noise is one of the top complaints for hearing-impaired people. Since we cannot reliably predict your hearing difficulty in noise based on your pure tone audiogram and speech test in a quiet environment, we usually do a Quick SIN (quick speech in noise) test to assess your speech understanding in background noise.
After the hearing test, your audiologist will review the results with you and discuss whether you have a hearing loss. If you do have a hearing loss, they will discuss how severe your hearing loss is and whether a hearing aid is right for you. They will guide you in selecting the best hearing aid for your hearing loss and lifestyle. When your hearing aids are fitted, our audiologist will perform real ear measurements so that you can get the most benefit possible.
Real Ear Measurement
Real-ear measurements involve inserting a probe tube into the canal to measure the real-time hearing performance of your hearing instruments. The test verifies if the hearing aid is providing suitable amplification for your hearing loss. It is an accurate test because it is objective and repeatable. At our clinic, we always perform this measurement to make sure the hearing aid is properly set so that you can hear the full range of speech without worrying about speech being too loud or too soft.
To learn more about how we evaluate your hearing loss and the performance of your hearing aids, please schedule an appointment with us.