What happens during an examination?
Before a hearing “test” can be completed, your hearing specialist will use an otoscope to examine the, ear checking for any visual deformities and cerumen (wax) in the ear canal.
A series of questions will be asked to help better understand your hearing concerns.
The hearing "test" can now be performed. There are a series of tests that the hearing specialist will perform to make sure of an accurate evaluation. The evaluation will take approximately 60 minutes.
Pure Tone Threshold determines the softest level at which you can hear the tone/frequency. For this test, you will be asked to indicate each time you hear the tone in the headphones by pressing a button.
Speech Recognition evaluates the accuracy of the pure tone thresholds. You will be asked to repeat several two-syllable word whiles the intensity is decreased in order to find the lowest level at which you are able to hear speech.
Word recognition AKA speech discrimination test - is a set of phonetically balanced words at your most comfortable level. You will be asked to repeat these words back one at a time. The results of this portion of the test are critical to helping you establish a realistic expectation of what a hearing aid can do for you.
QUICKSIN - you will be asked to repeat a sentence with the background noise increasing with each sentence. This determines how well you do in a noisy environment.