What's involved in a hearing test?
The purpose of a hearing test is to determine the nature and degree of the hearing loss and the best treatment options. Audiologists use several different tests in this evaluation.
When you arrive for your hearing examination, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history, and insurance verification.
When your hearing examination begins, your audiologist will review key personal information with you and will ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, your audiologist will investigate your ears using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the eardrum and whether there is earwax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the audiologist will have a video otoscope, so you can see inside your ear as well.