People who suffer hearing loss sometimes experience anxiety and reluctance to seek help for their condition. At WNC Audiology, we make sure you get a low-stress experience with our hearing professionals so that we can find a solution that fits your needs and lifestyle. To help us determine your type of hearing loss, we perform a hearing evaluation that consists of various tests. From the results, we get a clear understanding of your hearing loss, from which we can recommend hearing aids or other solutions. We’ll help you stay relaxed and comfortable throughout your appointment and believe you’ll be glad you came to see us.
During the comprehensive hearing evaluation, we can determine whether or not you have hearing loss, what type it is, and whether you need any further evaluation. After the test is completed, we’ll discuss your results and our recommendations.
Your Hearing Test May Include the Following Segments
During this portion of the test, you listen to different frequency tones using earphones. For each frequency tone, we find the lowest volume at which you detect it. Air conduction tests your hearing through the entire auditory system, including the inner, middle, and outer ear and brain.
We place a bone oscillator behind your ear on the mastoid bone, which transfers sound directly to your inner ear. This test evaluates the function of your inner ear, directly. It is non-invasive.
During this test, we evaluate your ability to understand different words at different volumes, including comfortable listening levels. People with hearing loss often can hear words when they’re spoken at a comfortable level but can’t understand them.
What to Expect Following Your Hearing Evaluation
After an audiological evaluation, we will give you our recommendations which may include: medical follow up, dizziness and balance follow up, communication strategies, consultation for hearing loss treatment and hearing aids.