Hearing Test Preparation
Every person has the right to hear well and remain connected with the people around them. Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss slowly loosens social bonds, reduces quality of life and cognitive health. So, congratulations on being proactive about your hearing health! Whether you are feeling a little nervous about an upcoming appointment or doing early research, either way, good on you! You are not alone, and it is important that you find good help along the way.
In this series of blog posts, I’ll break down what to expect from a hearing test. Knowing what you are looking for in a hearing provider will help you be prepared to get the most out of this important appointment. For additional information about our adult hearing tests please Click Here. For information about our hearing tests for children, please Click Here.
At a Glance
Each article will deal with a specific stage of the test.
- Preparing for your hearing test,
- Consultation with the Audiologist,
- Otoscopy and tympanometry,
- Pure tone audiometry (beep test),
- Speech test and speech in noise testing,
- Summary of results and explanation by your Audiologist,
- Clinical recommendations and discussion of your options.
What is a Hearing Test?
I commonly get asked what happens during a hearing test and how long it will take. In my experience this varies between clinics; from a quick 15-minute‘ scan check’ or ‘beep test’ to a full 60-minute comprehensive study. This includes a discussion about your circumstances and experiences, and thorough testing of your auditory system and ability to process speech.
Very briefly, tests may be performed by people with a variety of skill sets; a customer service or sales staff member, an Audiometrist or a Master’s Qualified Audiologist. The difference is to do with the level of understanding of how hearing works and potential health problems with the hearing system.
At A Better Ear, we believe if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well! Our auditory system and the way we hear is not simple. As a hearing rehabilitation specialist who holds a Masters in Audiology and engages in ongoing professional training, I need to gather a wealth of information from you, both subjective and objective, before confidently making a clinical recommendation. Hence, our service and these Blog articles focus on a comprehensive 60-minute assessment by an Audiologist.
Things to watch out for
If this is your first time ever getting a hearing test, make sure the clinician you see takes a Patient-Centred Care approach: listening to you and your needs; sharing the findings of each individual test with you in a way that you understand. Make sure they involve you in every step of the process. In this way, you will have a sound understanding of your hearing health and will be armed with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision at the end of the assessment.
Know what is involved in a comprehensive assessment and expect attention to detail. Expect to be involved and to have matters explained clearly. It will all start with a consultation, which we’ll discuss in detail in the next Blog.