It’s important to schedule regular appointments with your audiologist to look after your hearing health. But if you have never seen an audiologist before, then you will probably need a hearing evaluation. Here are some of the things that you can expect when you go in for a hearing evaluation.
When you first see the audiologist, you will proceed with a regular check-up like you would expect in a doctor’s office, the main exception being that the focus is on your ears. Your audiologist will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle to get a sense of the factors that could influence your hearing health. Then, they will take a look at your ears. Typically, an audiologist uses an otoscope to look inside your ear canal. They will examine it for any small issues, like excess ear wax or for any signs of a more serious problem.
Next, your audiologist will give you some hearing tests. These tests won’t be uncomfortable for you, and they are a simple matter of following directions. For the main hearing test, you will be given a pair of headphones to listen to a series of sounds. All you need to do is press a button when you hear the sound. The audiologist will play sounds at different frequencies and volumes to see where you might have hearing loss. This will decide if you need additional tests or a hearing aid.
Lastly, your audiologist might recommend that you need a hearing aid or assisted listening device. Based on the results of your test, you and your audiologist will discuss which type of device will be the best fit for you. This is a good place to come prepared with questions if you already suspect that you will need a device. Your audiologist will be glad to help until you find something that you are comfortable with.
Contact Bay Area Audiology Today for Your Hearing Evaluation
Ready to do something about your hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology, and provides the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
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