You’re Not Alone
Over 47 million Americans experience hearing loss in the U.S., with 15 % falling into the age range of 45-64. If you are experiencing hearing loss symptoms, you might be ready for your first hearing exam. Locating a certified Audiologist and booking an appointment will guarantee you clear results and personalized care. Once you locate a local expert, you can set up your first appointment for a hearing exam.
The Hearing Exam
The duration of your hearing exam may vary. If you have mild ear pains or hearing changes, expect a 15-minute visit. If you experience significant hearing loss, a thorough test will typically take 30-60 minutes.
What to Expect
The first step of a hearing exam is a Video Otoscopy test. As scary as it sounds, it is nothing more than a basic check of your inner ear with a small, flashlight-like tool. This allows the Audiologist to see any buildup or ear infections in the ear canal passage.
Next, the Audiologist will conduct a Tympanometry test. This procedure tests the mobility and condition of the middle ear. The technique includes inserting a probe-like device into the ear and creating varied sound waves with pressure tones.
Following Tympanometry, the Audiologist will conduct an Audiometry test. This exam checks your hearing function with regard to amplified sounds. You might be given a headset or moved to a soundproof area, where the Audiologist will examine your hearing through various sound wave tests. The Audiogram document is then used to record decibel levels for tested pitch, providing a personalized, graph outline for the Audiologist’s reference.
The final step is a speech recognition test. Although not part of every hearing check procedure, speech recognition is often included in hearing examinations. This step allows the Audiologist to determine your level of hearing loss and comprehension of sentences throughout background noise.
Having conducted all the necessary tests, the Audiologist will provide you with an analysis of the hearing exam results. After the review, the Audiologist will notify you if you’re qualified for a hearing device.
With the hearing exam complete, you can start considering your options for modern hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Options
There are many types of hearing aids, in a variety of styles to suit a whole array of wearers. Some of the most popular styles include
- RIC (Receiver-in-Canal) perfect for first timers, the RIC piece adjusts quickly and hides from view BTE (Behind-the-Ear) – fits conveniently and functions to optimize your hearing
- ITC (In-The-Canal) – designed to match the outer ear, this piece is a great fit and visually discrete
- ITE (Inside the Ear) – provides a more hidden hearing aid experience, blending with skin
- Made for iPhone & Bluetooth Hearing Aids – connects to your electronic devices to provide supreme quality
No one person is the same, so we suggest that you take time to do your research and choose a hearing aid that will best fit your personal lifestyle. Call or schedule an appointment online with our office today and we’ll help you take the next step in finding your perfect hearing aid.