A Hearing Evaluation is the first step in diagnosing your individual hearing needs. The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age.
The following tests may be included in the evaluation:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing (typically performed at another location)
- Tympanometry or acoustic emittance testing
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, though you may need a referral from your primary care physician to qualify for coverage.
Above all, do not be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle. We suggest bringing a loved one or friend to your appointment. Their familiar voice can help aide in your evaluation.