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A hearing test, also known as an audiometric evaluation, is a diagnostic assessment conducted by a qualified audiologist or hearing healthcare professional to assess an individual’s hearing abilities. Here’s an overview of what typically happens during a hearing test:

1. Pre-Test Discussion:
Before the test begins, the hearing professional will usually discuss the individual’s medical history, any concerns or symptoms related to hearing loss, exposure to noise, and other relevant factors.

2. Physical Examination:
-The hearing consultant may conduct a physical examination of the ears to check for any visible abnormalities, excessive ear wax, perforation in the eardrum, or signs of infection that could affect hearing. This is either done by a handheld otoscope or preferably by video otoscopy via a camera displayed on a TV.

3. Pure-Tone Audiometry:
-Pure-tone audiometry is the most common test used to measure hearing sensitivity. During this test, the individual wears headphones or has inserts placed into their ears and listens to tones at different frequencies (pitches) and volumes. They indicate when they can hear each tone by pressing a button or raising their hand. This test is crucial in programming a hearing aid for hearing loss.

4. Speech Audiometry:
Speech audiometry assesses the individual’s ability to hear and understand speech. The hearing professional may ask the individual to repeat words or sentences presented at various volume levels to determine their speech recognition ability. While the speech word recognition test can be done via live voice, it is more consistent with a recorded voice. This test is crucial to show how well the patient can understand speech with hearing aids.

5. Tympanometry:
Tympanometry measures the movement of the eardrum in response to changes in air pressure. This test helps assess middle ear function and can identify conditions such as fluid buildup or ear infections.

6. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test:
During an OAE test, a small probe is placed in the ear canal to measure the sounds produced by the inner ear in response to stimuli. This test can provide information about the health of the cochlea, the inner ear’s sensory organ.

7. Results and Recommendations:
Once the tests are completed, the hearing consultant will discuss the results with the individual. If hearing loss is detected, the professional will provide recommendations for further evaluation, treatment, and management options, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or other interventions.

It’s essential for individuals to undergo regular hearing tests, especially if they experience symptoms such as difficulty understanding speech, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or a feeling of fullness in the ears. Early detection of hearing loss allows for timely intervention and improved outcomes.

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Once you have your results from our screener, it is time to come in and see our team of hearing specialists. Book a hearing test at your local hearing center using our convenient booking form or call us on 316-867-2683.

Our experienced hearing specialists always put you first. We will walk you through every aspect of your hearing assessment, from the test itself to the results and what it means moving forward.

Our friendly hearing specialists here at Hearing Group understand that hearing health is paramount, so let us help you find the perfect solution. We offer a wide range of hearing aids that you can take for a spin with our free hearing aid trial service.

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