If you or your child have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that hearing loss needs to be ruled out or further examined. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation may be indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening or another type of test.
To fully determine if a hearing loss is present, a hearing evaluation will help provide insight in to the cause as well as provide guidance for the audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for a professional hearing evaluation.
What is a hearing evaluation?
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, from newborn infants to seniors.
These tests may include:
- Air Conduction Testing
- Bone Conduction Testing
- Speech Testing
- Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) Testing
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
- Tympanometry or Acoustic Immittance Testing
Why is the evaluation important?
The hearing evaluation helps identify the hearing loss and gives your audiologist important information to help with further recommendations. This can range from a recommended hearing aid to surgery. Therefore, it is important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.
This is also a time when the audiologist or another hearing professional can determine if you could benefit from hearing aids and what type of hearing aid will be most appropriate for your needs. It is the first step in identifying hearing loss and learning how to correct it to improve your quality of life.
What can I expect before, during, and after the evaluation?
Before your appointment, a complete medical history will be completed. Also, the audiologist will want to know about your current and past hearing issues. There will be special attention paid to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems.
During the evaluation, it will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. There will also be time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results after the evaluation. Please, feel free to ask questions at the end of the evaluation process as well!
Also, do not hesitate to bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Having someone with you can help with understanding and remembering the information and recommendations given.
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. 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.