What to Expect During a Hearing Test
Booking your hearing test is an important step in taking care of your hearing health. Once you book your appointment with the audiologist, you may start wondering what to expect. You start to question what is going to happen during the appointment. You may begin to worry and fret; thinking maybe you should cancel the appointment and get rid of the stress it is causing you. Wait – don’t cancel that appointment – here are some helpful tips to take with you to that first appointment so that you can know ahead of time what you should truly expect at and from the appointment!
- Questions. You should expect to ask a lot of questions and you should expect to be asked a lot of questions. Both you and your audiologist need to be on the same page for the appointment. They need to know why you are there and you need to know what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. Be open and honest with your audiologist and yourself during your appointment because the truth will come out one way or another in the end.
- Testing. You will be getting testing done unless otherwise advised by the audiologist. So here is what to expect for the testing part of the appointment. They are first going to check your ears to make sure they are clean and healthy. Next, they may test your hearing in three different ways. First will be through air conduction testing, next is bone conduction and finally speech. The air conduction test is done using headphones or earbuds and pure tones are given to each ear at different frequencies. The bone conduction test is given through a bone oscillator that is placed on the bone behind the ear and pure tones are once again given at different frequencies to each ear. In the speech test, words are given to the patient through the headphones or earbuds and the patient repeats back to the audiologist what they hear. Most comfortable and most uncomfortable listening levels are also tested and found. Masking may be needed. Masking is when white noise is delivered to one ear while the other ear is tested. If there are any discrepancies in the testing your audiologist will go over it with you if it is needed.
- Results. Once all of the testing is complete you and your audiologist will sit down together and go over the test results. If you have any questions as the results are being explained ask them. You need to understand what your test results are and why they are the way they are. This is your hearing; you need to get to know it.
- Communication. You and your audiologist will need to communicate back and forth throughout the entire appointment to make sure you are both understanding what each other want and/or need. Communication is also important prior to the appointment on both sides as well as after the appointment. Ensuring that both parties are vocal to their wants, needs and concerns will help both parties get what they need out of the appointment.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your audiologist about any concerns or questions you might have regarding the hearing tests. Your audiologist wants you to feel comfortable and will be happy to discuss any details with you more extensively.