You may be wondering, “what happens after I get my hearing tested?” This is a great question!
After you get your hearing tested, you are going to have complete information about your hearing health overall and how well you are hearing. Unlike other medical tests, we will share the results with you immediately so you have peace of mind on where you stand.
Your licensed hearing specialist will take the time to make sure you understand the results of both your hearing test, as well as the video ear scan (also called a video otoscope exam) which is performed prior to the actual hearing test.
Video Ear Scan Results
The results of the video ear scan will show if excessive wax or any other physical medical issues may be contributing to your hearing loss, which you will be able to see for yourself on a large monitor. While some earwax is normal and helpful to overall ear health, excessive wax can block sound from coming in and may prevent you from hearing as best as you can. 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 your (pure tone) hearing test, you will be situated in a sound proof booth with complete visibility to the hearing specialist who will play tones in different frequency ranges to determine how well you are hearing. While listening for the tones you will be given a handheld button clicker (think Jeopardy!) to push when you hear the tones. Your button click is sent electronically to chart your audiogram on a computer, which ensures the best accuracy. The results of your audiogram will then be explained to you to show what level sounds need to be for you for you to hear them.
As an example, some people have a harder time hearing women and children because their voices are softer, 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. It will help explain why some sounds you can hear and why others you cannot.
If its determined that you have a hearing loss, the specialist will advise the best course of treatment to improve your hearing. For many, hearing aids are a good solution. Your hearing specialist can determine the best options for you based on your specific hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. You may even be able to try them on in the office to see the difference they would make for yourself before deciding to buy.