At FOCUS Audiology, our highly-trained audiologists will initiate your appointment by taking a full medical history to understand your symptoms, inspect your ear with an otoscope, and will use an audiometer to perform a hearing evaluation to diagnose your hearing capabilities. In the event that you have any specific type or degree of hearing loss, a hearing evaluation will help identify the details of your particular hearing loss. The hearing evaluation process consists of several tests to help your audiologist identify to what degree you can detect sounds and speech and will explore results with an audiogram. Hearing evaluations can be performed on people of all ages.
hearing Evaluation tests may Include:
- Comprehensive Audiometry
- Pure Tone Test
- Bone Conduction Test
- Speech Test
- Intermittence Test
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
- Acoustic Reflexes
- Otoacoustic Emissions
- Pediatric Hearing screen
- Vestibular Test
Insurance Coverage & Physician Referrals
Most insurance policies cover hearing evaluations, though it is best to check with your individual carrier to ensure coverage. Please note that your carrier may require you to have a physician referral to qualify for coverage.
Importance of a Hearing Evaluation
Hearing evaluations provide your audiologist with the precise information needed to identify your particular type and degree of hearing loss, thereby enabling your audiologist to create an optimal treatment plan for you. Depending on the type of hearing loss your are suffering from treatment may include: medications, surgical correction, hearing aids, or other planned courses of action. Furthermore, if hearing aids are necessitated, the tests performed during the hearing evaluation will enable your audiologist to determine exactly what types of hearing aids would be best to optimally meet your needs.
WhAt To Expect During the Hearing Evaluation
Before the evaluation, your audiologist will review your medical history, inquire about possible exposures to noises and situations that may have impacted your hearing, and learn about your hearing loss symptoms. A list of medications you are taking will be important to determine if any medications may be impacting your hearing in some manner.
During the hearing evaluation, a battery of tests determined by your audiologist (based on your discussion of symptoms and history) will be performed. The evaluation will be roughly 45 minutes. Time for discussion and asking questions to clarify the results of the test, treatment plan, and next steps is critical. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, you may want to bring a family member with you so to aid in communication, especially since hearing loss impacts social dynamics and the family as a whole. At FOCUS Audiology, we encourage patients to actively participate in conversation so that we can jointly identify what types of hearing solutions will meaningfully and specifically work best for you.