So What Happens During a Hearing Test Anyway?
When you arrive for your exam, 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 verify your insurance. You will also receive a copy of a Notice of Privacy as mandated by law.
As your exam begins, your Hearing Care Professional will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.
Next, the Hearing Care Professional will look into your ears by using a Video Otoscope, so you can see inside your ear as well! This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal.
The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a quiet environment, sometimes in a soundproof booth. The Hearing Care Professional will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a various volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear individual frequencies of sound. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to say “yes” or raise your hand.