(Hearing Assessment; Hearing Test; Audiology; Audiography)
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What to Expect
Prior to Test
Your audiologist may ask you:
- When your hearing difficulty began
- If it affects one ear or both ears
- If you hear ringing in your ears
- If you have ever had pain or discomfort in your ears
- If there has been any recent drainage from your ears
- If you have ever had ear infections
- If you have ever had an ear injury
- If you have ever had ear surgery
- If you ever have dizziness
- If there is a family history of hearing loss
- If you are exposed to a lot of noise at work
- If you often ask people to repeat themselves
- If others have commented that your television is too loud or that you speak too loudly
- If it is hard for you to understand a conversation when you are in a large group or a noisy place
If your child is being tested, the audiologist may ask about:
- Difficulties with speech and language development
- Other developmental issues
- Difficulty in school
- Health history
- Family history of permanent childhood hearing loss
- Your child’s responses to both familiar and unexpected sounds
Your audiologist will likely:
- Examine the outer ear for deformities
- Examine the ear canal and eardrum with an otoscope, which is a hand-held instrument that has a light and a magnifying lens
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- You experience continued or severe lightheadedness
- You notice additional hearing loss
- You experience pain
American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.asha.org
Canadian Academy of Audiology http://www.canadianaudiology.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Hearing screening and testing. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/testing/assess.htm. Accessed July 23, 2013.
Types of hearing tests. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/ent/procedure/hearing-tests.htm. Updated May 2013. Accessed July 23, 2013.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -