Hearing Evaluation

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:


Video Otoscopy

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.


Air Conduction

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’.


Bone Conduction

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.


Speech Test

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.

All Michigan Hearing practitioners strictly adhere to all federal, state and local regulations regarding hearing instrument dispensing protocols, and follow nationally accepted testing guidelines set forth by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology and the International Hearing Society.