Hearing Testing: How It Can Change Your Life
What Happens During a Hearing Test?
When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you and ask you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification.
When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing impairment.
Next, we may look into your ears with an otoscope, a special instrument to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and/or perform one of the tests below.
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation
During this hearing test, you’ll be tested using a series of low and high-frequency words to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a short distance (as in a conversation). We’ll also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you.
Speech in Noise Testing
Most people can hear fine in quiet environments but have trouble with background noise. A hearing evaluation is only comprehensive when testing the hearing in different degrees of background noise and looking at word comprehension. Not all hearing evaluations include this test, but our practice does.
Cochlear Implant Evaluation
Cochlear implant evaluations are an important step towards determining if you or a loved one are a candidate for cochlear implants. We begin by establishing a comprehensive hearing evaluation first. Then this evaluation is the next step in the candidacy process, and is a more in-depth look at your hearing with and without hearing aids. We offer this test in our Boulder, Longmont, and Broomfield clinics.
Your Hearing Test Results
We’ll record the results of your hearing test on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We’ll show you the type, pattern, and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you’re still able to hear. We will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing.
Next, we’ll consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the time necessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.
Schedule a hearing test with our trained audiologists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing… and how much more you could be hearing.