If you have an appointment for a hearing test with the audiologist, the worst part of the process is over. For many people, the hardest part of a hearing test is accepting that you might have a problem with hearing. If you’ve made an appointment, you’ve cleared the first hurdle. Congratulations! 

Some surveys show that 48 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss, but only a small percentage do anything about it.

The hearing test itself is a series of exams that are easy (no studying required), non-invasive and don’t hurt. Here’s what you can expect.

Planning for the appointment

You wouldn’t be in a medical professional’s office if there were papers to fill out. You might want to plan on arriving a few minutes early if this is your first visit. 

Next, we will review your hearing health history and your general medical history. We’ll discuss your exposure to loud noises and talk about your hearing loss symptoms. As part of this opening dialogue, we’ll be asking questions and listening carefully to your answers. We will find out the expectations you have for hearing better.

Physical exam

A physical exam with an audiologist is simple. We’re just going to examine your ears using an instrument called an otoscope to look inside your ears. This helps us determine if you have excessive earwax build up and if there is any inflammation in the ear or problems with the ear canal or eardrum that require medical attention.

Hearing test

Once the preliminaries are over, you will begin the hearing test itself. You will listen to some sounds, with each ear being tested separately. These series of sounds will be at different pitches and volumes. The purpose of this part of the exam is to determine the lowest volume at which you can hear different pitches. The results for each ear will produce results charted on an “audiogram.”

Speech testing might also be part of your hearing test. You will be asked to repeat words presented to you with different amounts of background noise and at different volumes.

Hearing test results

After the hearing test is complete, the results will be reviewed with you. If you have hearing loss, we will discuss your options for hearing better.

No surgery or devices will repair sensorineural hearing loss. However, hearing aids will help you get the most out of the level of hearing you have. There are many options in hearing aids.

We will help you identify the hearing aid that best suits your level of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your budget. We can also help you with strategies for living with your hearing loss.

If you have any questions during any part of your visit, don’t hesitate to ask. Your audiologist and the staff are here to serve you and help you hear better.