Why do a complete hearing test?
Although there is a higher incidence of hearing loss among older adults, it can affect anyone’s quality of life, at any age. That is why it is important to see an audiologist and have a complete hearing test done as soon as you notice symptoms.
What is a hearing test?
An audiologist assesses your hearing to determine whether you have any hearing loss. The test lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
- First, you fill out a questionnaire on your hearing health and difficulties you might have understanding people, so the audiologist will understand your specific situation and needs.
- The audiologist will check your ears and basic hearing to make sure there isn’t anything that would prevent you from continuing the exam.
- You then take the sound detection and word identification tests in a soundproof room to determine the quietest sounds you can hear, the lowest level at which you can repeat familiar words and your ability to hear and understand speech at a comfortable, ideal level.
- Lastly, the audiologist will explain the results to you and recommend suitable solutions based on his or her conclusion.