A hearing evaluation is a test to assess the sensitivity of a patient’s hearing. It is useful in detecting the type and extent of hearing loss and can help an audiologist determine an appropriate course of treatment.
Types of Hearing Tests
A complete hearing evaluation typically consists of several different types of hearing tests. An audiometer test is used to measure hearing sensitivity at different frequencies. Results are plotted on an audiogram.
A bone conduction test relies on vibrating tuning forks placed behind each ear to determine whether the hearing loss is conductive (a result of problems in the outer or middle ear) or sensorineural (associated with damage to the inner ear).
Other evaluations frequently administered include speech tests, tympanogram (to test eardrum function) and an acoustic reflex test to measure contractions of the muscle that protects the ear from loud noises.
Our audiologists fit a full array of digital hearing aids and assistive listening devices. We have two audiologists who speak Spanish. Our pediatric audiologist specializes in working with children with hearing loss and their families, from newborn hearing screenings through adulthood.
Walk-in repairs and cleanings are always available at our East and Northwest offices (no appointment needed). We provide custom hearing protection for musicians, hunters and industrial workers, as well as custom swim plugs.
Online Hearing Test
Catching a hearing loss early is the best way to prevent it from worsening. The following questionnaire has been adapted from a self-assessment tool created by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Please take the time to answer each question as accurately as possible.