Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that hearing loss needs to be ruled out or further examined. This evaluation may be indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening.
The evaluation determines if hearing loss is present, and if so, the type and severity. It may also provide insight into the cause of hearing loss and provide guidance for the audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations.
What Tests Will Be Done?
A diagnostic audiologic evaluation may be recommended for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening. If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that hearing needs to be further examined to rule out hearing loss.
The evaluation is conducted to determine if hearing loss is present, and if so, pinpoint the type and severity of hearing loss. Diagnostic audiologic evaluations may also provide insight into the cause and provide guidance for our audiologists in making appropriate treatment plans.
Air conduction testing determines the softest tones that a person can hear at different frequencies across the speech range. Bone conduction testing is similar to air conduction. A different type of headphone is used and the results provide addition information regarding if the loss is affecting the outer, middle, and/or inner ear.
For speech testing, a speech reception threshold (SRT) test will be use to confirm the results of the puretone testing. SRTs help determine the lowest level at which the patient can recognize speech.
Our audiologist may also perform otoscopy (examining the ear canal) and tympanometry (test of the middle ear) to determine the health of the ear canal and the middle ear.
What Can I Expect During an Audiologic Evaluation?
The evaluation will probably last about 40 to 60 minutes. Time will be allowed for discussion with the audiologist to review test results, and ask questions. If the determination is made that your treatment plan will include hearing instruments, we will also discuss your options. It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the appointment. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations and to be able to discuss and review your options as needed after you leave your appointment.
During your appointment a medical history form will be completed and the audiologist will want to hear about any concerns that you have about your hearing. They will pay special attention your specific needs and concerns around exposure to noise, tinnitus, and any balance issues.
The diagnostic audiologic evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask any and all 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.
Our office is conveniently located off Ben White and Menchaca Road. We take our time with each person, therefore, it is necessary to schedule your appointment in advance.
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I provide a comfortable place for people to come have their hearing tested and discuss their hearing concerns. I offer a free, no obligation hearing aid evaluation. If it turns out that you are a candidate for hearing aids, there is a 45-day trial period that includes follow up care to assure proper adjustment.