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4 Most Common Hearing Tests

Woman Getting Ear Exam

Hearing loss is a condition that often occurs gradually, making it difficult for you to recognize when you may be experiencing it. It can be a long and drawn out process realizing that you do have hearing loss and it often involves being told by other people such as close friends and family members who live with you or see you every day. They’ll start by pointing out things such as the loud volume on your television or that you often miss phone calls and alarms when they’re trying to contact you. While it can be easy to write these symptoms off as aging or a cold, it’s likely you could benefit from comprehensive hearing testing.

A hearing instrument specialist is a trusted and reliable sources of information and assistance available when it comes to hearing loss. Without undergoing a series of tests, there’s no real way to determine if you really do have hearing loss or not and the stress of not knowing can eventually eat away at you and make it difficult to live your life normally. While it may seem daunting to attend a hearing test to see if you really have hearing loss, the tests are simple and quick and it’s important to identify if you have hearing loss or not because it allows you to start finding solutions to help you cope with it.

If you think you’re ready to book an appointment to find out if you need hearing loss treatment, consider the following tests you may complete to paint a better picture of your abilities.

Pure-tone testing

A common hearing test that is used in almost every situation is pure-tone testing. This is a test that will typically involve wearing a pair of headphones in a controlled room that eliminates outside noise and distractions. You will be asked to react, such as pushing a button or raising your hand, if you’re able to hear a sound coming from the headphones. The sounds will be played at different frequencies so if you do have hearing loss, there will be certain sounds that are too faint for you to react to or will produce no reaction from you.

This not only determines if you have hearing loss, but also will help your hearing specialist identify the frequencies in which you are suffering from hearing loss. This will help your hearing specialist precisely tune your hearing aids so that they provide the best sound amplification available.

Bone conduction testing

One of the main issues with pure-tone testing is that it relies on the patient’s input to actually provide results that can be acted upon. However, this comes with the issue that the patient needs to be fully cooperative and also be truthful to if they have heard a sound or not in order to react to it. Some patients might also be confused as to whether a slight noise counts as being able to hear something or if they need to be able to clearly distinguish the sound in order for it to count. Bone conduction testing works similarly by playing sounds to you, but instead of asking the patient for a reaction a conductor is placed behind your ear that measures reactions by the bones in your ear.

This can produce far more accurate results and is often the test of choice by hearing healthcare professionals. However, a hearing provider may utilize both pure-tone testing and bone conduction testing in order to produce more data that can be used to check your level of hearing loss.

Middle ear testing

Middle ear testing is the term given to a series of different tests such as tympanometry, acoustic reflex and static acoustic tests. These tests generally involve measuring the movement of your eardrum whenever air pressure is introduced into your ear canal. This will check for things like obstructions and the buildup of wax or fluid which could be causing your hearing loss or at least making it worse. If your hearing instrument specialist suspects that your hearing loss is being caused by something physical, then it can be addressed with treatment but it will require testing to ensure that there is something there.

Get in touch with us today

Whether you’re looking to book an appointment with My Hearing Center or would like to learn more about the common hearing tests that we use at our hearing center, give us a call today at one of our five convenient locations to speak to one of our friendly representatives and we’ll be happy to assist you.