Hearing evaluations are instrumental in detecting hearing loss in patients of all pages. Often the symptoms are subtle and go unnoticed, at least in the beginning; it’s no wonder that it takes the average person seven years from the onset of hearing loss to seek treatment! By then, there are fewer options for treating this progressive condition, making early detection key to finding a successful solution. This is why hearing evaluations are beneficial to all Pennsylvania residents, whether or not they are aware of a problem.
The typical hearing evaluation is comprised of a series of tests that measure an individual’s hearing sensitivity. This information allows an audiologist to determine the type and degree of hearing loss present and formulate a treatment plan.
What is Involved in a Hearing Evaluation?
During a hearing evaluation, you will meet with an audiologist for a review of your medical history. He or she will examine your ear canals using an otoscope, and will ask questions about your hearing abilities. Then you will be given a variety of tests that will be used to measure your hearing threshold (sensitivity to sounds). Your results are plotted on an audiogram – a graph that displays frequency and intensity measurements for each ear. This will enable your audiologist to classify your hearing loss in degrees that range from normal to profound.
The section on Audiology Exams describes the tests most commonly administered as part of a hearing evaluation.