Many people ask the question, “what happens after I get my hearing tested?” This is a great question!
After getting your hearing tested, you will immediately have your results of your hearing evaluation. You will have complete information about your hearing health overall and how well you are hearing, so you have peace of mind on where you stand.
Your licensed hearing specialist will take the time to thoroughly explain the results of your hearing test and the video ear scan (also called a video otoscope exam) which is performed prior to the actual hearing test.
Video Ear Scan Results
Reviewing the results of the video ear scan will show if excessive wax is blocking sound from coming in and causing your hearing difficulties. However, some earwax is normal and helpful to overall ear health, if this is the case for you, we may be able to help remove the wax, otherwise we can provide a referral to have it removed.
Pure Tone Hearing Test Results
For the (pure tone) hearing test, you will be seated in a soundproof booth with complete visibility to the hearing specialist who will play tones in different frequency ranges to determine how well you are hearing. Using a handheld button clicker, the button is pressed when the tone is heard. When you click the button, it is charted electronically on an audiogram on the computer, which ensures your hearing test’s accuracy. Once the test is complete, the full results of your audiogram will be explained to you and show you what level sounds need to be for you for you to hear them. The results of this test may help you understand why you hear some specific sounds, but not others.
As an example, some people have a difficult time hearing softer voices such as those from women and children. An audiogram will show where you exactly where you are having difficulty. The audiogram will also show you how severe your hearing loss is, or the “degree” of your hearing loss. This will help explain why you may be able to hear some sounds fine and others not so well.
If its determined that you have a hearing loss, the specialist will advise the best course of treatment to improve your hearing. For many people, hearing aids are a great solution to improving their hearing! The personalized hearing aid recommendation will be based on the needs of your specific hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. You may even be able to try them on in the office to hear the difference they would make for before deciding to buy.