Hearing Evaluations (Adult and Pediatric)
Adult Hearing Evaluation
On your first visit to an audiologist, he or she will ask you questions about your medical and hearing history. Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope, to check for anything in the ear canal that might affect the test results or that may require referral. Finally, the audiologist will conduct test(s) to assess:
- Is there a hearing loss?
- The cause of the hearing loss
- The degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss
- The best treatment options.
Additional tests may include acoustic immittance testing, otoacoustic emissions testing, or Eustachian tube testing.
If hearing loss is identified, hearing aids and/or other hearing assistive devices may be recommended. Hearing protection devices and ear plugs for use while swimming and showering may also be recommended. Evaluation and fitting of these devices is provided by the audiologists .