A comprehensive visit at Hearing and Audiology Services typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. After visiting, learning your medical history and communication needs the audiologist will begin by looking in your ears (otoscopic examination) to be sure there is no blockage or abnormalities in the outer part of your ears. Next, a test call tympanometry will be conducted. This test helps us to be sure that the middle part of the ear is healthy. For these two tests you will not be required to do anything other than sit quietly. When otoscopic examination and tympanometry are done, you will sit in our sound proof booth for the listening parts of the test. You will wear headphones, listen for sounds and repeat words. We will want to find the very softest sounds you can hear so be prepared to listen carefully.
When testing is completed the audiologist will sit down and discuss your results. Each part of the test will be explained in detail and we want to make sure that you understand the results. We pride ourselves on being able to explain the results in simple everyday terms that are easy to understand. We believe strongly that people affected by hearing loss make the best decisions about treatment options when they fully understand their individual test results and have very real understanding about treatment options. That is why this part of the visit is the most important and we will take the time to make sure you understand your test results.
We will make specific recommendations but will ultimately leave decisions in your hands – the best hands for deciding what is best for you. You should know that many people may be experiencing trouble hearing, but when all the tests are completed and communication needs are assessed, we find that hearing aids are not the best option at this time. We will not hesitate to let you if this is the case for you.