top of page

How Audiologists Can Test Your Hearing Levels

Hearing problems are not uncommon. According to the National Institute on Deafness, about 15% of American adults have hearing problems. If you suspect that you might have a hearing problem, the best course of action is to consult with an audiologist. Audiologists are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing disorders. They use a variety of tests to assess your hearing levels and determine if you have a hearing problem.


Pure-Tone Audiometry


One of the most common tests audiologists use is called pure-tone audiometry. This test measures your ability to hear sounds at different frequencies (or pitches). During the test, you will sit in a sound booth or room wearing headphones. The audiologist will play tones at different frequencies through the headphones and ask you to signal when you hear them. The results of the test are plotted on a graph called an audiogram, which shows how well you can hear at each frequency.


Speech Audiometry


Another common test an audiologist may use is called speech audiometry. This test measures your ability to understand speech. During the test, you will sit in a sound booth or room and listen to recorded or live speech. The audiologist will ask you to repeat back what you heard. If you suspect that you might have a hearing problem, the best course of action is to consult with an audiologist. They're healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing disorders. They use a variety of tests to assess your hearing levels and determine if you have a hearing problem.


Tympanometry


An audiologist may use another test, tympanometry, to measure the function of the middle ear. This test is used to determine if there is any obstruction in the middle ear that could be causing a hearing problem.


Treatment Plans


Most hearing exams take about half an hour. However, it may take longer if you need to do multiple tests. If the audiologist finds that you have a hearing problem, she'll work with you to develop a treatment plan. Treatment for hearing problems can range from hearing aids to a medical referral if needed. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the cause and severity of your hearing problem.


If you think you might have a hearing problem, make an appointment with an audiologist today. She can help you identify the cause of your problem and find the best treatment option for your specific needs. To schedule your appointment, get in touch with us at Meadowcrest Audiology today.

7 views0 comments
bottom of page