Diagnostic Hearing Tests
At the initial visit you will receive a thorough audiometric evaluation to determine the degree and severity of your hearing loss. Your specialist or audiologist will recommend which type of hearing aids are best suited for your unique requirements, as well as any assistive listening products that are available.
The Diagnostic Evaluation
Before your testing begins, a complete medical history will be completed and the hearing instrument specialist will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. She will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment.
An otoscopic exam will reveal any blockages or infections that may require medical attention. This is also a good time to discuss other medical conditions, such as visual impairments, dementia, or dexterity issues. Many conditions determine what types of hearing aids are selected. For example, options such as rechargeable models are available and may be helpful to someone with limited vision or dexterity.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the next step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. The diagnostic hearing evaluation will be performed by a hearing instrument specialist using a piece of equipment called an audiometer. It may be performed inside a sound proof booth.
The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech.
Why a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is Important
Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss, and give your hearing instrument specialist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it's important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered. We can refer you to a local ENT physician if we feel it is in your best interest.
If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the diagnostic hearing evaluation helps your professional know which hearing aids will be most appropriate for your needs.
What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?
The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length. You should also allow for time to review and discuss test results, and ask questions.
If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most professionals agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your hearing specialist. We want to listen carefully to your concerns. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle. We want to help you find the best solution for you!