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What does a hearing exam involve for adults?
A hearing exam is a noninvasive procedure that consists of several tests. Depending on your case history, your exam may include some or all of the following tests:
Otoscopic Exam: we will look in your ears to ensure that the ear canals are clear of earwax, debris, or foreign objects. We observe anatomical markers, check that the eardrum is intact, and look for any visible abnormalities such as infection.
Tympanometry: we use a device (a tympanometer) that changes the air pressure in your ear canal while measuring the sound that bounces back from the eardrum. This helps us detect infections, perforations and other conditions of the outer and middle ear that may not be visible during the otoscopic exam.
Puretone Audiometry: we present sounds to find the softest sounds that you can hear at different pitches. These scores, called puretone thresholds, are compiled into a graph to illustrate which environmental and speech sounds you are able or unable to hear.
Speech audiometry: you will listen to recorded words through a pair of headphones and repeat them. This allows us to observe how well you are able to detect and recognize speech.
Most Comfortable Loudness (MCL)/Uncomfortable Loudness (UCL): you will listen to sounds to find the loudness that is most comfortable for you and the loudest sounds that you can tolerate. These scores give us the dynamic range of your hearing.
How long does it take to complete a hearing exam?
It takes about an hour to complete the exam portion of a hearing evaluation and then we always go over the results. Please account for up to an hour and a half for your appointment to ensure that we can address all of your questions and concerns.
Detailed Doctor Report
We fax a complete report to your family physician with any recommendations included.
We follow strict procedures with all the tests required and have our equipment calibrated every year to make sure the test results are accurate. We strictly adhere to infection control to make sure to protect our clients health.