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What to Expect During Your Hearing Test

Audiological Evaluation

It’s recommended that everyone gets their hearing tested at some point in their life. Even if you’ve not noticed the typical hearing loss symptoms, it’s still beneficial to check the health of your hearing and see how everything is functioning.

But, many people are a bit afraid of hearing tests as they’re not sure what to expect. To help relieve any nerves, here’s what you can expect during this examination:

The audiologist will ask a series of questions

Your hearing test will start with a brief conversation between you and your audiologist. They’ll ask a series of questions relating to your health and lifestyle. This is their chance to gain insight into your medical history and see if you have any underlying health problems that may impact your hearing test. Also, by asking about your lifestyle, it lets them understand if there are aspects of your life that might be causing hearing loss - such as working in a very loud environment.

You’ll have a physical ear examination

Before the actual hearing test begins, your audiologist will conduct a physical examination of your ears. They look inside it with an instrument called an otoscope, which shows whether or not you have any blockages or problems in your ear canal. It’s not invasive, and you won’t feel any pain at all.

You will undergo a pure-tone test

A pure-tone test (otherwise known as pure-tone audiometry) is the first part of your actual hearing test. Here, your audiologist will put you inside a soundproof environment while asking you to put on some special headphones. They will play various sounds at different volumes and pitches for you to listen to. You’re instructed to indicate when you hear the sound by either pressing a button or making a noise.

The purpose of this is to test how well you can hear tones of different pitches. The worse your hearing is, the more difficulty you’ll have hearing certain tones - particularly when at high pitches.

You will undergo a speech test

Following the pure-tone test, you’ll keep the headphones on and undergo a speech test. The set up is the same, only this time there are conversations played for you to listen to. Your audiologist will ask you to repeat what you heard, which gives them an indication as to how well you can hear regular conversations.

There might be a pressure test

In some cases, you might have to undergo a pressure test as well. With this, your audiologist will put special plugs in your ears that test the flexibility of your eardrum and how well it can transmit sounds.

A discussion about your results

When all of this has been completed, your audiologist will sit down and discuss the results of your hearing test. Then, they will decide what treatment - if any - is needed. They might refer you to someone else, or they could book follow-up appointments to test your hearing again after a few weeks/months.

There is very little to worry about when you get your hearing tested. The whole process lasts around about an hour in total, and it’s not invasive or painful at all. Now, you know what to expect, so go ahead and book a hearing test with your audiologist today!