What to Expect at a Hearing Test
Degrees of Hearing Loss
We’ll start your hearing test by asking you a few questions about your hearing and health history to determine the cause of your hearing loss. We’ll also perform a short visual exam to check your ears for any signs of injury or illness that could be affecting your hearing. Even a buildup of earwax can cause hearing loss, so we’ll make sure you don’t have an earwax obstruction that’s affecting your hearing.
A hearing test is designed to test your ability to hear loud and soft sounds at both high and low pitches. At Hearing Centers of Indiana, our hearing aid specialists will test your hearing range, and discover your hearing threshold. You’ll listen to a series of sounds at various frequencies and volumes, and all you’ll have to do is indicate whether you’ve heard the sound.
Reviewing the Audiogram
The results of your test will be printed on an audiogram, and you’ll be able to see exactly which sounds you’re missing. Using both frequencies (measured in Hertz) and volume (measured in decibels), you’ll get a clear picture of your unique hearing loss. If you have hearing loss of greater than 25 decibels, you will need a hearing aid to help you hear and maintain your quality of life. The test will also reveal your degree of hearing loss.
Following the test, your hearing aid specialist will walk you through treatment options, and find the best hearing device for your lifestyle and hearing needs.