You have decided to have a hearing test. Perhaps you’re feeling a little anxious because you don’t know what to expect. That’s completely natural; but don’t worry. It’s a very simple and painless procedure. Here’s what to expect:
Your hearing care professional will conduct your hearing test in a sound controlled setting, usually in a sound booth or “quiet room.” You will be completely comfortable at all times. The instructions will be clear and concise, and the test will be as brief as possible to obtain the necessary information for your particular needs. All you have to do is listen and respond. While wearing an earphone on each ear, you will listen to quiet sounds. When you hear each one, you will press a button or raise your hand, indicating that you heard each one. You may be asked to repeat words.
Just Listen and Respond at Your Hearing Test
The sounds you hear will vary in pitch from a deep bass to a high treble, measured on a “frequency scale” from 250 – 8000 Hz. This range is the most important for hearing everyday sounds and speech. The volume of each sound is adjusted until the softest level for each sound is detected. This level is called your “threshold,” and will be measured for each ear.
It's possible your evaluation may also include a speech audiometry test. If you have this test, you will be asked to listen to and repeat a series of familiar words, which will become softer and softer. This will help your hearing care professional determine your speech threshold, the softest level that you can recognize familiar two syllable words, such as “bookshelf” or “notebook.”
Words will also be played at a comfortable, conversational level to determine your word recognition score, which is how well you can understand speech if the volume is appropriate for your particular needs.
It may be necessary for other tests to be performed to evaluate how well you hear in difficult or noisy environments. Tests may vary based on your individual needs. Your hearing care professional wants to ensure that you undergo all the appropriate tests to better understand your individual needs and give you appropriate recommendations.
The end result is to be a hearing aid that is going to change your life by providing you with fantastic hearing.
Isn't it amazing what a simple hearing test can do?