What to Expect
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. Forms may be filled out prior to our visit and can be downloaded HERE. You will also receive a copy of a Notice of Privacy as mandated by law. At the beginning of the evaluation, your audiologist 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. Your audiologist will assess your hearing abilities in a soundproof booth and perform the following:
- Otoscopy: Your Audiologist will look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum.
- Puretone Audiometry: Your audiologist will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to push a button or raise your hand.
- Speech Audiometry: You will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. To determine the level at which the patient can not only detect, but understand speech.
- Speech in Noise Test: This test will determine how well you hear in a noisy environment.
The results of your tests will be recorded on a graph called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing abilities in frequencies and decibels. The audiologist will also give you recommendations based on your hearing evaluation results.