A complete hearing evaluation is a series of different hearing tests.
Your hearing professional will guide you through tests that will end in a very thorough evaluation. These include:
This is an examination of the inside of the ear and eardrum. A handheld or video Otoscope is used to screen for illnesses of the ear, build up of cerumen (ear wax), as well as the size & shape of the ear canal.
Determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. During this test, earphones are worn so that information can be obtained for each ear. A response is given when the tone is identified by either raising your hand or saying ‘yes’.
Similar to the Air Conduction test, however a small vibration device (Bone Oscillator) is placed on the bone portion behind the ear. This test evaluates the function of the inner ear or nerve portion of the ear.
During a speech test, you will be presented with an array of tones in order to determine a personal comfortable loudness level. The hearing specialist will then present words for you to repeat back at the determined level. This test will be performed on each individually, and as a pair (binaurally). This test will help to determine how well each individual will respond to prescribed amplification.