Hearing tests are commonly administered by audiologists. The point of these tests is typically to assess hearing in order to help diagnose hearing disorders. There are many different hearing tests. Here is a look at some of the most commonly used hearing tests.

1. Speech tests

Speech tests involve an audiologist exposing a person to certain volumes of speech. The audiologist records the levels at which the person is still able to hear speech. The audiologist will also not only to check whether or not speech can be detected, but whether or not words can actually be understood at certain volume levels. The purpose of speech tests is to see how well a person can hear and understand speech.

2. Pure-tone tests

A pure-tone test is a test in which a person is exposed to tones in certain pitches and volumes. The person who is being tested indicates that he or she has heard the sound when it is played. If he or she does not indicate that he or she has heard a sound after it is played, then it means that he or she has not actually heard the sound. The results of this test can reveal to an audiologist whether or not a person has hearing loss.

3. Middle ear tests

Middle ear tests are used to detect any abnormalities or issues with the middle ear. These tests are very important for young children whose hearing loss is often attributed to middle ear issues. Middle ear issues often involve tympanometry, acoustic reflex measures, and static acoustic measures. These tests often are used to determine whether or not there is perforation of the ear drum, a wax blockage, or abnormal fluid levels in the inner ear.

4. Auditory brainstem response tests

Auditory brainstem response testing involves strapping electrodes to a person’s head and monitoring how his or her brain responds to sound stimuli. The purpose of these tests is to determine how well the brain is interpreting and responding to sound. The results of auditory brainstem response testing can be used to diagnose certain hearing disorders and issues.

If you’re concerned or feel anxious about the hearing tests your audiologist will be conducting, feel free to talk about their methods and what you can expect. Your audiologist wants you to feel comfortable in their care, so don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns with them.