Hearing Evaluations

If you have difficulty hearing, a hearing evaluation can help determine what type of hearing loss you are experiencing and how severe it is. Based on this, an audiologist like Alph Hearing can recommend a form of treatment so you can hear better again.

What’s included in a Hearing Evaluation?

A general or diagnostic hearing evaluation will likely include:

  • Air conduction testing: a tone is transmitted through your outer ear, middle ear, then to the inner ear (the cochlea)
  • Bone conduction testing: a tone is transmitted through an electromechanical earphone placed on your skull
  • Speech testing: determines how loud a sound needs to be for you to hear it, and how clearly you can distinguish different words and sounds when you hear them spoken
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing: measures emissions generated in the cochlea and sound pressure level in response to 2 tones.
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing: electrodes attached to your head measure brain activity in response to sounds you hear through earphones

Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing: a soft tipped probe is placed in your ear canal and emits gentle air pressure and low tones to measure the ear canal.

What to expect during your hearing evaluations

Our mobile hearing evaluations usually take 30-40 minutes. This varies depending on the results and what questions you have after we discuss the results with you. It’s important to note that it may take longer for infants, depending on how cooperative they are during the evaluation.

 

If the test results indicate you need hearing aids, we’ll take the time to discuss your options and recommendations for your unique situation. Our hearing evaluation professionals will also want to know more about your family medical history (as it relates to hearing) and your lifestyle (are you commonly exposed to loud noises, have existing tinnitus symptoms, or any balance problems). Be sure to have a list of any medicines you may be taking.

 

To get the best experience and results, use this evaluation to establish a relationship with our hearing specialists. Be open and honest and listen to what they have to say because they have your best interests at heart. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure you clearly understand your results and treatment options so you can make an informed decision.

 

Would you like our hearing evaluation specialists to come to your home or office for an evaluation? Contact us today and we’ll schedule a consultation around your schedule.

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