Hearing Test

Evaluate Your Hearing

hearing loss San DiegoWhen hearing loss is suspected, you should make an appointment for a hearing evaluation. This series of tests will help determine the extent of hearing loss, and is instrumental in helping your audiologist come up with a solution for treating your impairment.

Remember, the sooner hearing loss is identified, the better your chances of successfully treating it. Early detection gives you more options for treatment.

The Tests That Make Up a Hearing Evaluation

A hearing evaluation starts out with a thorough review of your medical history. Your audiologist will discuss your symptoms and conduct a physical examination of your ears using a lighted instrument known as an otoscope. This is followed by a series of hearing tests that will gauge your sensitivity to different volumes and frequencies.

The following tests usually make up a hearing evaluation:

  • Pure Tone Audiometry. This test measures your hearing range. You will be given headphones and asked to identify a series of tones that vary in frequency and volume. Results are charted on an audiogram.
  • Word Recognition. This test determines your ability to separate speech from background noise. It helps your audiologist determine whether hearing aids will help your particular hearing loss.
  • Tympanometry. This test looks at how your ears react to different sounds and pressures by measuring the amount of eardrum movement in response to changes in air pressure. Your audiologist can use it to detect issues such as middle ear fluid, impacted earwax, a ruptured eardrum or acoustic neuroma.
  • Acoustic Reflex. This test is used to diagnose problems with the ossicles, cochlea, auditory nerve, facial nerve or brainstem by measuring how the muscles of your middle ear react when exposed to sound.
  • Bone Conduction. A series of tones are sent to tuning forks that have been placed behind each ear, allowing sounds to bypass the outer and middle ear and pass directly through the skull to the inner ear. This measures the hearing ability of your inner ear, and can determine whether your hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural.

Do you suspect that your hearing is not as good as it used to be? The following questions will allow you to make a quick assessment:

01 Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
02 Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
03 Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
04 When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
05 When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you?
06 Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
07 Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
08 Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
09 Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is (e.g. an alarm clock or a telephone) from the noise it makes?
10 Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?
Based on your answers you may be experiencing some degree of hearing loss and we advise that you schedule a hearing exam with us to help you regain your hearing health.

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Based on your answers your hearing appears fine, but if you have any hearing concerns we would advise that you schedule a hearing exam with us.