Hearing evaluations are essential when it comes to helping someone understand why they are experiencing any level of hearing loss. A hearing evaluation is also known as a hearing exam. The evaluation is an important part of finding out why someone is experiencing hearing loss.
Once we understand why someone is experiencing hearing loss, we can take specific steps to correct the issue. During a hearing evaluation, we may conduct multiple hearing tests with the patient, which allows us to provide the patient with an accurate diagnosis.
A hearing evaluation or hearing exam involves us using one of the many methods available. While hearing evaluations tend to take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, they are painless. One of our audiologists will first physically inspect the ear and then began performing any necessary hearing tests, i.e. tone test, tympanometry test, speech tests. The audiologist will then discuss the results with the patient, including their recommendation for what they can do in order to improve their hearing.
After performing a hearing evaluation, we may recommend hearing aids, a common solution for those experiencing any form of hearing loss.
People sometimes confuse hearing testing with hearing evaluations. Hearing testing is when an audiologist uses any number of hearing tests that can help determine why someone is having hearing issues. Common hearing tests include air conduction testing, bone conduction testing, speech testing, DPOAE testing, ABR testing and acoustic immittance testing. The results of these tests will determine whether or not the patient will benefit from having a hearing aid.
A hearing exam is also known as hearing evaluations and is similar to a regular exam. During a hearing exam, the patient or the patient’s parent/guardian will need to fill out a number of forms on their first visit. These forms include a complete medical history.
When a hearing exam is necessary, we encourage the patient to bring a loved one with them since hearing loss can affect both the individual and loved ones. Depending on the level of hearing loss, this additional support can prove to be very beneficial for the patient.
An audiology center is a place where audiologists offer patients who are experiencing ear loss the best hearing technology available that can best treat their particular hearing issue. Hearing evaluations are performed at an audiology center, as well as all of the hearing tests a patient may need to undergo. While an audiology center can provide a patient with a number of regular hearing services, specialty hearing services are available, too, i.e. tinnitus treatment, musicians earplugs, hearing aid sales, hearing aid service.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an audiologist is a medical professional who can help prevent, diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages. An audiologist is someone who chooses to focus on helping patients suffering from hearing-related disorders.
Thus, audiologists are able to efficiently help patients manage any hearing disorders they may be currently living with. An audiologist helps patients continue living a happy and productive life.
Ringing in The Ears
A ringing in ears is also known as tinnitus and is one of the more common hearing issues adults are finding themselves dealing with nowadays. Symptoms include hearing sounds similar to that of a ringing or a whistling on an inconsistent or consistent basis. A ringing in ears can be extremely annoying for some people, even making it difficult for them to concentrate or sleep.
This makes it necessary for some to find the best tinnitus treatment as soon as possible. While there are treatments available for those experiencing ringing in ears, there currently is no cure for tinnitus.
Hearing loss can occur whenever there is a problem with the inner, middle and/or outer ear. When someone is experiencing hearing loss and in need of treatment, an audiologist will perform a thorough examination in order to determine what type of hearing loss the patient has. The type of hearing loss will also help us to determine the cause of the hearing loss.
The three types of hearing loss include:
- Conductive hearing loss
- Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)
- Mixed hearing loss
When it comes to treating hearing loss, one of the most common devices available is a hearing aid. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that people can wear inside or behind the ear. The device allows sounds to become louder using its microphone, amplifier and speaker. Patients who use hearing aids can ask us for advice on which hearing aid is going to work best for a particular hearing loss situation.
If you would like to learn more about hearing-evaluations-testing and the various treatments we provide, call (707) 509-1145 to schedule a consultation.