Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation
A comprehensive hearing evaluation is indicated for anyone who did not pass the initial hearing screening or for anyone who has been referred for the evaluation. Upon completion of a comprehensive hearing evaluation, we will be able to tell you three things.
- Whether or not hearing loss is present.
- The type and severity of the hearing loss
- Whether it is medically treatable or treatable with hearing aids
A comprehensive hearing evaluation may include the following:
- Pure-tone air conduction testing
- Pure-tone bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Speech in noise testing
- Tympanometry and reflex testing
The Importance of a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation
A comprehensive hearing evaluation is important in determining both the presence of hearing loss and the best approach for treatment of the hearing loss. Because some hearing loss can be treated medically, it is important to have medical follow up in these cases before receiving hearing aids as part of your treatment plan. If it is determined that hearing aids are the best course of action, the comprehensive evaluation as well as a thorough case history helps to determine the best type of hearing aid for your specific lifestyle.
What to know before your appointment
If at all possible, it is recommended that you bring a family member or friend to the appointment with you. Often times hearing loss is a family issue and it helps to have a supportive person at the appointment to help you understand both the results and the recommendations.
A full case history will be taken at your appointment. We will want to hear about your past exposure to noise, family history of hearing loss and any tinnitus or balance issues that you are having. A complete list of current medications and supplements should be brought to your appointment.
A comprehensive hearing test is generally covered by most health insurance plans. Often a prescription from your physician is needed to qualify for this coverage.
It is important to build a good relationship with your audiologist. It is important to feel as though you can communicate effectively with your audiologist as it will be a relationship that will continue as long as you are wearing hearing aids.