At Beltone, our hearing testing is simple and completely painless.
You can expect our Hearing Specialist to discuss important facts about hearing loss and address any of your questions or concerns about hearing loss or hearing aids during your hearing test.
Our team will take the time to listen and make sure that they fully understand where you may be having difficulty and what prompted you to come in. It is helpful for us to know where you have concerns, so that we can properly evaluate your hearing and do our very best to help you. This important information is also needed to provide the right recommendations for your lifestyle, if it is discovered hearing aids are needed to improve your hearing. Having a loved one with you during the appointment helps in the evaluation as well.
Your Beltone Specialist will guide you through a completely painless evaluation, which includes a video ear scan and a comprehensive hearing test.
Video Ear Scan: The first step to a hearing test is checking to make sure that your hearing problem is not caused by excessive wax or any other physical medical issue. This is done by using an otoscope to physically look inside your ear canal. You will be able to see inside your own ear, on a large monitor, as the hearing specialist is looking as well. During this guided tour of your ear, the hearing specialist can answer any questions you may have at this time. This process is completely painless and takes very little time to conduct. If it is discovered that wax may be a factor in your hearing problem, we may be able to remove the wax, otherwise we can provide a referral to have it removed.
Comprehensive Hearing Test: At Beltone, we pride ourselves in providing the most thorough, precise test in a sound-treated environment to ensure your test results are accurate. Getting your hearing tested is completely painless and there are never any co-pays or an obligation to buy. Our computerized audiometric hearing test will show the different sound levels (or volumes) and tones (or frequencies) at which you are hearing and will also determine how well you are hearing and understanding speech in different types of environments (this is also called “speech discrimination”). In other words, you will learn exactly what you are hearing and what you are not.
During your comprehensive hearing test, your hearing specialist will take you through the steps of a thorough evaluation. These painless steps include:
Pure Tone Air Conduction Testing: This test measures your hearing ability for each ear across different frequencies and intensities. This is the portion of a hearing evaluation that most people think of when getting a hearing evaluation. For this portion of the test, you will sit comfortably in a sound-treated booth (with visibility to your hearing specialist) with earphones placed in each ear. You will then use a hand-held push button to signal when you hear the tones as they are presented. Your hearing will be assessed in each ear separately. The hearing specialist will use a computer to chart your responses electronically on an audiogram.
Pure Tone Bone Conduction Testing: This test uses the same tones as the prior test however, the difference is that it helps to determine if the hearing difficulty that you are experiencing is the result of an outer, middle or inner ear problem. This test can also be performed for those with impacted earwax which would prevent a traditional pure tone (earphone) test.
Once the pure tone testing is complete, your results will be reviewed with you in detail. If your hearing is within normal range, the specialist will report the good news and advise you to update your hearing test annually to ensure you’re continuing to hear well.
If a clinically significant hearing loss is identified after these portions of the test, your hearing specialist can review possible solutions to help improve your hearing abilities. Oftentimes, hearing aids are an appropriate solution if you have a hearing loss that is within the fittable range.
Speech Audiometry: As many people mention understanding speech as a main hearing concern, there are a series of speech-based tests that will be completed. One of the most important is Speech Discrimination as it allows us to evaluate how well you understand words spoken in both quiet and noisy environments. A loved one or family member may be used to help in this part of the test, as their voices are most familiar to you.
Following the testing, your Beltone Specialist will explain your hearing test results with you and answer any questions you may have.
4. Live Demonstration and Recommendation
If hearing loss is present, we will allow you to do a live in-office test drive of the hearing aids. Using simulated everyday sounds that you would encounter day-to-day, your Beltone hearing specialist will demonstrate the benefits of the latest hearing technology customized to your individual hearing abilities. You will have the opportunity to experience what your hearing will be like with the help of a Beltone Hearing Aid. Having a loved one here is especially helpful, because you will hear the difference in how they sound compared to how they sounded prior to putting them on.
Also, at this time, if hearing aids are right for you, the Hearing Specialist will make the best recommendation for you based on your hearing results, lifestyle and budget. Financing options can also be discussed and include many great options including leasing.
Your hearing test should take about an hour to an hour and a half (depending on any additional questions you may have).
If you are over 50 years old and have never had a hearing test, establishing a baseline is very important should your hearing change in the future or if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis.
Call us today to schedule your free complete hearing evaluation!