If you’re concerned about hearing loss, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and testing. Through this multi-step process, we aim to fully understand your needs and provide complete diagnostic services so that we can uncover the extent of your hearing impairment.
We begin with a thorough case history which involves exploring the areas of your life where you find hearing loss to be most difficult. Our audiologists will uncover how your hearing impairment affects your relationships with friends and family as well as how it impacts the activities you enjoy.
Your medical history will also be discussed and we will ask questions about when and how your hearing loss started, if there are noises in your ears (tinnitus), and if you experience dizziness or vertigo. These personal answers about your hearing provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation beyond the clinical information that we will gather from hearing testing.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the next step in determining your hearing capability and providing us with information as to how well you can hear various sounds. This evaluation will be performed by one of our experienced Doctors of Audiology using equipment called an audiometer. If we do detect hearing loss, this testing will determine the type and severity of the impairment.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing in quiet and noise
- Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, although many require a referral from your primary care physician to quality for coverage. The results from your hearing test will provide us with an outline of what sounds you may be missing and serves as a foundation for creating a customized hearing solution.
Sometimes hearing loss can be caused by a condition that can be medically or surgically treated, and in other instances a digital hearing device might be the best option for meeting your needs. If you feel that exploring hearing instrument options may be your preference, our audiologists will provide a comprehensive hearing consultation to develop a plan that works for you.
Contact us to schedule a hearing evaluation today!