Hearing consultations are painlessand non-invasive. Having inspected your ear canal and completed an introductory questions, your hearing will be assessed.
Pure Tone Audiometry
Thissimply involve sitting in a soundproof booth and listening to tones played at a range of frequencies important to human hearing. You will be asked to wear headphones or soft earplugs with wires connected to an instrument called an audiometer that is used to conduct the test.
You will have to focus and listen carefully because you need to respond even if the tone sounds very soft and you can barely hear it. The test will findthe very softest sounds you can hear at each frequency andplottheseon a graph called an audiogram.
We explain how to interpret an audiogram here
Speech audiometry is another component of most full consultations. It uses recorded or live speech instead and evaluates the softest speech sounds (threshold) you can hear and understand. You will then be asked to repeat back words that are presented at a level well above threshold to see how well you can understand them accurately. Some practitioners use speech sounds to determine your most comfortable listening level and the upper limits of comfort for listening.
Speech in noise and words in noise tests
Most people complain about how they hear in noisy environments—not quiet sound-treated rooms! To quantify this hearing ability, you’ll listen to a speaker say words and statements while a soundtrack plays increasingly noisy background sounds. These tests are useful for assessing “real-world” hearing ability, mimicking how you might hear in a restaurant or noisy grocery store
After you receive your hearing aids, you may take a similar test to fine-tune the amplification levels on your aid.
A test of your acoustic reflexes. For these tests, a soft plug that creates pressure changes and generates sounds will be placed in the ear. This will determine how well your eardrum is moving and will measure the reflexive responses of the middle ear muscles.
Free hearing assessment
The process commences with a free assessment to determine the causes and potential treatments for tinnitus. Complete the form below to be connected to a hearing assessor in your area.
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