A comprehensive hearing test is the first step on your hearing health journey. The test will show the level, type and other specifics of your hearing ability. The hearing test will be performed by an accredited hearing instrument specialist with state of the art equipment.
The hearing test actually involves a variety of tests that are used to determine the exact nature of your hearing loss as well as your ability to detect speech and understand it at comfortable levels. The results of these tests, along with a detailed case history and conversation about your lifestyle will allow the hearing instrument specialist to accurately recommend the proper course of treatment.
Why do you need a hearing test?
Hearing tests are used to discover your hearing level or loss, and provide your hearing instrument specialist with valuable information to help determine the best treatment plan. Whether you have issues with high or low frequencies, the tests will tell us what sounds are the most problematic.
If you do have a hearing loss that would benefit from hearing aids, the hearing assessment helps determine which devices would fit best, and how they should be programmed to give you the best results.
What to expect during your hearing test.
The hearing test itself lasts between 20 and 45 minutes. The appointment is booked for 90 minutes, which allows time to fill out the case history before hand, and a consultation and demonstration afterward, as well as giving you time to ask any questions you may have.
It is best to bring a family member or close friend to your hearing test. It is often the people closest to you that will notice a hearing loss first. It is also beneficial to have a familiar voice to listen to during the demo, and the support of someone to help you understand the information and recommendations.
If it is determined that hearing aids would be a benefit to you, you will be offered an in office demonstration. This will give you an opportunity to experience the benefits of amplification, and determine if you would like to proceed. Based on your audiogram, lifestyle and preferences, the hearing instrument specialist will make a recommendation for a specific style and technology level. They will also discuss different options such as bluetooth, directional microphones, tinnitus maskers and noise reduction.
The hearing test is a good chance to establish a relationship with your hearing instrument specialist. It is best to find a professional you feel comfortable with as, unlike glasses, hearing aids are an ongoing process that will require follow up appointments for maintenance and adjustments. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.