What Does a Hearing Test Entail and How Does It Work in Practice?

 What Does a Hearing Test Entail and How Does It Work in Practice?

Have you ever put off going to a doctor’s appointment, even when you know you really need to go? You’re not alone. Many Americans avoid going to the doctor because the fear of the unknown makes them anxious. 

If you’ve started to notice sudden hearing loss or even just that you can’t hear as well as you used to, it’s time to stop putting off that appointment. To help ease your worries a bit, we’re here to help walk you through what happens during a hearing test so you know what to expect. 

Let’s get to it!

How Does the Test Work?

The whole point of an audiometry test is to determine how you hear different frequencies, pitches, and sounds. This is a noninvasive procedure that can help determine your level of hearing loss and whether a device like a hearing aid can help you regain hearing. 

These tests are designed to detect hearing issues in the different parts of your ear to determine whether you have damage to the nerve, cochlea, eardrum, or bones. 

If you’d prefer not to go into the office for your test, you can look into options for a hearing aid test at home.

Is There Anything I Should Do to Prepare for My Hearing Test?

Fortunately, there’s nothing you need to do beforehand to prepare for your test. An audiologist will perform it for you, so you just need to show up on time. During the test, you’ll want to remain as still and as quiet as possible, so you don’t interfere with the test results. 

What Happens During the Test?

First, your audiologist will talk to you to learn more about your history of hearing and any problems you’re experiencing. Then, they’ll take a look in your ears to make sure there’s nothing blocking the ear canal and that there are no signs of an infection. 

From there, they’ll take you to a soundproof room and give you earphones to wear. Then, they’ll connect the earphones to a special machine that plays different sounds and tones throughout the test. 

Your audiologist will ask you to raise your hand when you hear a sound, depending on how you hear it. For example, if you hear a noise in your right ear, you’ll raise your right hand to indicate that you heard it. Or, depending on the facility, they may ask you to push a button to indicate you’ve heard the sound instead of raising your hand. 

The audiologist will play the different sounds as low as possible to help determine the amount of hearing loss you may have. After the test, the audiologist will give you your results and explain what they mean to you. They’ll also talk to you about options you have to help keep your ears in optimal health and if it’s possible to regain your hearing through the use of hearing aids. 

Don’t Ignore Signs of Hearing Loss

If you notice signs of hearing loss, don’t put off getting a hearing test any longer. Now that you know what to expect during the process, we hope that helps you feel more comfortable making your appointment. 

To read more health tips like this, take a look at our other articles before you go and check back often for new content. 


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