While hearing loss may be suspected, it can only be truly determined when you undergo a hearing evaluation with an experienced professional.
Here at Heroes of Hearing, our hearing instrument specialist has the expertise and experience to perform hearing evaluations to determine your level of hearing loss and provide you with solutions to correct it.
What Is A Hearing Evaluation
A hearing evaluation is a series of tests which help our hearing instrument specialist determine the extent of your hearing loss and what measures will need to be taken to correct the loss. Our hearing specialist will use a variety of instruments to help measure your hearing loss and spend time talking with you about the results of the evaluation.
Difference Between Hearing Test And Hearing Evaluation
People sometimes refer to a hearing evaluation interchangeably with a hearing test, though these things are not the same kind of procedure.
A hearing test is a simple, pass/fail test which assesses whether you can hear a few basic pitches and frequencies. These tests can only indicate if you are experiencing hearing loss or not, but they will not be able to pinpoint how extensive the loss is, how it has affected you, and where in your ear sound is being impeded. To do that, you will need to undergo a hearing evaluation.
So, while our hearing specialist can perform quick hearing tests to make initial checks for hearing loss, he can also provide comprehensive hearing evaluations.
What Happens During A Hearing Evaluation At Heroes Of Hearing
To help you feel more comfortable with your upcoming hearing evaluation, we wanted to walk you through a hearing evaluation at Heroes of Hearing. There are multiple steps, and they can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your discussion with our hearing specialist.
Before the official test begins, our hearing instrument specialist will sit down with you and your hearing partner. We recommend you bring in someone with you who can help you remember the discussions and participate in part of the test.
During the pre-evaluation discussion, our hearing specialist will ask you about your hearing loss symptoms and any particular medical history which may be affecting your hearing.
Another part of the evaluation is the video otoscope. This test checks for any obstructions such as fluid buildup, earwax blockage, punctured eardrums, and other issues which may contribute to your hearing loss. You can also watch as our hearing instrument specialist checks each of your ears, as the video will be projected onto the computer monitor.
After the video otoscope test, the rest of the hearing evaluation will take place in our sound booth. This booth is soundproofed so our specialist can help you have the most accurate results.
Once in the sound booth, you will place on a set of headphones while our hearing specialist puts on another pair. That way, he can communicate instructions to you, and you can participate in the upcoming tests.
In the pure-tone test, various tones at different frequencies will be played. You will be asked to indicate when you hear the sounds and when you do not. This test will help our specialist assess your type of hearing loss and what degree of hearing loss you are experiencing.
Bone Conduction Test
With the bone conduction test, sensors will be placed on the bone behind your ears and will vibrate sound directly into your cochlea. By bypassing the outer and middle ear, our hearing specialist will be able to determine if the hearing loss is due to damage to the sound-transmitting hair cells in the cochlea.
Human speech tends to take place between 50-70 decibels (dB). To help give scale to this, normal rainfall is around 40 dB, and breathing tends to measure around 10 dB.
As communication is an integral part of the human condition, assessing if you have trouble hearing spoken words is a key part of any hearing evaluation. Sometimes, consonants such as s, h, and f can be hard to hear when it comes to hearing loss.
Along with speech reception, our specialist will also be assessing if your word recognition has been impaired.
Long-term, untreated hearing loss can damage the auditory nerve and the part of the brain responsible for comprehending words. During this test, our specialist will be checking if any of that kind of damage has taken place.
Familiar Voice Test
During the familiar voice test, our specialist will have the person who accompanied you take a turn speaking to you outside of our sound booth. They will read from a list of words, which you will be asked to repeat. This test helps our hearing specialist determine your speech discrimination scores.
After the tests are completed, our hearing specialist will sit down and discuss your results with you and your companion. During this discussion, you will be encouraged to ask any questions of our hearing specialist.
Also during the post-evaluation, if you have hearing loss, our hearing instrument specialist will make recommendations such as the use of hearing aids and provide hearing aid demonstrations.
Take Care Of All Your Hearing Needs At Heroes Of Hearing
Here at Heroes of Hearing, we do our best to provide top-notch hearing services for those living in the Tucson, AZ area. Some of our most popular services are:
Hearing aid fitting and dispensing
Hearing aid repairs
To meet with our hearing instrument specialist and take control of your hearing, contact us for an appointment today.