A Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation is performed to determine if you have a hearing loss present, and if so, to detail the type and severity of the hearing loss. It also may provide insight into the cause of the hearing loss as well as to provide guidance for the Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner (RHAP) in making appropriate recommendations.
Pure-tone Air and Bone Conduction Testing
Pure-tone air conduction testing determines the quietest tones that you can hear at different frequencies, both low and high. Bone conduction testing is similar to pure-tone air conduction testing. A different type of headphone is used during bone conduction testing, and the results help the RHAP determine if the hearing loss is originating from the outer/middle ear or from the inner ear.
Speech Recognition Test determines the lowest level at which you can recognize words or speech stimuli.
Speech Discrimination Test explains how well you understand speech at a comfortable listening level. These scores are measured in percentages, the higher the percent the easier it is to process speech. As the percentages decrease speech will become more difficult to process, no matter how loud the volume is.
The RHAP will perform routine otoscopy (examining the outer ear, ear canal and tympanic membrane also known as the eardrum) and tympanometry to determine the health of the ear canal and the middle ear.
What Can I Expect During my Hearing Evaluation?
The evaluation will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes. There will be additional time provided during the appointment to review your test results and ask any questions you may have.
It is recommended that you bring a spouse, family member or friend with you to the appointment. A hearing evaluation is an interesting and informative experience. You will typically get more out of your visit if someone close to you can share in the experience. The Practitioner can also benefit from learning about your hearing abilities from someone close to you.
The hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your Practitioner. Do not hesitate to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.