I am concerned about my hearing. What can I expect from a diagnostic audiology appointment?

If you experience any of the following, you should consider a hearing test:

  • Do I need the TV louder than others in my household?
  • Do I ask people to repeat?
  • Do friends or family members tell me that I heard incorrectly?
  • There is a family history of hearing loss – could I have the same thing?
  • I have ringing in my ear, what should I do?
  • I don’t think I have a hearing loss, but I want a baseline.

A diagnostic hearing test starts with an otoscopic examination:

that means looking in the ear canal and looking at the eardrum.

Next, we take a measure of middle ear function, through tympanometry. This tells us how mobile the eardrum is. Puretone hearing testing then determines your hearing thresholds, allowing us to categorize your hearing status as follows: normal, mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss.

The use of air conduction and bone conduction testing will allow us to make a statement of the nature of the hearing loss whether it be sensorineural be conductive.

I will then provide a thorough explanation of your hearing status. We will talk about how this potentially affects your listening behavior and how it might impact your life. If applicable, I will recommend that you see your family doctor, who may refer you to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist.

Or, I will recommend that you find a local dispensing audiologist or hearing instrument practitioner to help you determine whether hearing aids are right for you.

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