Request a Hearing Test Appointment
What to expect during my first visit?
Well done on making the important decision to have your hearing tested! Even though hearing loss is one of the most common health problems, it is unfortunately one of the most overlooked problems too. This is very unfortunate since hearing loss affects your ability to participate in life fully. By taking this step, you will learn whether you have a hearing loss, and what the variety of solutions are for your specific problem, if necessary. If a hearing loss is addressed appropriately, you will enjoy vast improvements in your social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
Before your appointment
Before you arrive, take a moment to note situations or environments in which you have had difficulty hearing. For many people the biggest problem lies in understanding conversations in noisy environments like restaurants or at parties. You might find it helpful to bring a friend or family member to the appointment to share their observations and note important details and instructions.
During your appointment
The process during your appointment will generally consist of a few steps:
1. Information gathering:
You will be asked about your general medical history to identify any possible factors which could possibly affect your hearing. A communication assessment will also be done in order to determine in which situation you find it most difficult to hear.
2. Ear inspection:
Your audiologist will inspect the outer ear and eardrum with an otoscope. This is not invasive, nor uncomfortable.
3. Hearing test:
During the hearing test, various tests will be conducted. You will be asked to respond to sounds you hear and to repeat words. The tests included in this test battery are dependent on your own specific needs and profile. The audiologist will decide which tests to include in order to be able to give you comprehensive feedback.
4. Review results:
After conducting all necessary tests, the audiologist will review your results with you and identify if you have a hearing loss. If you do, the audiologist will provide information regarding the extent of loss, type of loss and possible treatment approaches.