Diagnostic Hearing Tests
A diagnostic hearing test is the first step in determining your hearing capability. At Inland Hearing Aids, Inc, we can detail the extent and type of hearing loss that you’re experiencing. Your evaluation will be performed in our office using equipment called an audiometer.
Which Tests Will My Diagnostic Hearing Test Include?
The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This test can be conducted on people of any age, from infants to seniors. It is also covered by most health insurance policies, though you may need a referral from your primary care physician to qualify for coverage.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
- Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing
Why Is a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation Important?
Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it’s important that your condition is identified before hearing aids or other treatments are considered. If the evaluation results determine that you could benefit from hearing aids, that helps your audiologist know which hearing aids will be best for you.
What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?
The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes. You should also allow time for a discussion with the audiologist to review your test results and ask questions. If it is determined that you need hearing aids, your appointment will take additional time to discuss your hearing aid options.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the appointment. It helps to have another supportive person at the consultation to assist you with understanding the results and recommendations. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue because it will affect your loved ones and people in your household.
Before your appointment, you will need to fill out a complete medical history form. The audiologist will also want to hear any complaints you have about your hearing, paying particular attention to any concerns about noise exposure, tinnitus, and balance problems. Make sure to bring a full list of any medications and supplements that you are taking.
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. Above all, don’t be afraid 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.
At Inland Hearing Aids, Inc, we offer diagnostic hearing tests to help our patients improve their quality of life. Being able to communicate comfortably with your friends and family is important, so we offer a wide range of services to help with hearing loss. To schedule an appointment at one of our three locations, call (509) 765-4467 or contact us online.
Do you suspect you may have hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a major public health issue that ranks third in line after arthritis and heart disease as one of the most common physical conditions? If you have suspected for a while you have hearing loss but just haven’t got around to doing anything about it, that is not unusual. On average it takes people seven years from the time they think they might have a hearing loss to the time they seek treatment.