Your audiologist will begin by obtaining a detailed history. In doing so, he or she will learn more about the type of problems you are having as well as relevant background health information. The audiologist will then likely perform several types of hearing tests. These will provide more detailed information about your specific hearing abilities by measuring how well you respond to various frequencies, and how you can hear and understand speech. The hearing test will also help your audiologist determine if your hearing loss is something medically or surgically treatable, or whether it is a problem purely in the inner ear.