Hearing Tests in Estes Park, CO 2017-03-15T23:45:29+00:00

Hearing Tests in Estes Park, CO

Hearing Evaluations | What to expect at a hearing test?

Preparing for Your Hearing Test

hearing tests in estes park coloradoNow that you’ve taken the first step toward better hearing health and scheduled an appointment for a hearing test, you’re curious as to what is in store. Hearing tests determine your hearing sensitivity by evaluating the ability of sound to reach your brain. They also indicate to your audiologist whether or not you need treatment in the form of a hearing instrument.

In preparation for your hearing test, inform your audiologist of any medications you may be taking, if you recently had an ear infection, as well as any recent exposure to loud noises. During the consultation, your audiologist will ask you questions about your personal medical history as well as your family history. If you have experienced tinnitus, or a ringing of the ears, be sure to inform your audiologist as well.

Hearing tests are noninvasive and painless. Your audiologist will check your ears for any buildup of wax, using an otoscope. If you are wearing glasses or a hearing aid, you will be asked to remove them before the hearing test begins.

What specific tests are performed during a hearing evaluation?

During the hearing test, you will be seated in a soundproof booth. Each ear will be evaluated individually. Your audiologist will conduct a combination of the following tests:

  • Pure tone audiometry. You will be given a pair of head phones or soft inserted earphones through which tones will be played at various levels. If you hear the tones, you will be asked either to push a button or raise your hand.
  • Speech recognition/word recognition tests. Your audiologist will speak a series of words in varying degrees of loudness and you will be asked to repeat them. This test determines your speech recognition ability in terms of conversation, evaluating the ease with which you recognize speech patterns and syllables.
  • Acoustic Impedance test. This test is a quick, objective, and simple method of measuring the status of the eardrum, middle ear system, and acoustic reflex pathways. It is non-invasive and does not require a response from the patient. A probe with a soft and flexible tip is inserted into the opening of the ear canal to obtain an airtight seal. The pressure in the ear canal is then varied. The results are viewed in conjunction with the other audiological procedures.
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Did you know?

  • On average, people wait 7 years before treating their hearing loss?
  • 1 in 3 Americans age 60+ experience some degree of hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ears is sometimes the first sign of a hearing loss
  • Hearing tests are painless and will provide you with immediate answers on how to treat your hearing loss.

Understanding the results of your hearing exam:

audiogram hearing testing estes parkResults from hearing tests are recorded in the form of an audiogram, a visualization of your hearing abilities, individually by ear. Audiograms indicate the decibel (dB) and frequency (Hz) at which you can hear, as well as your speech recognition ability in the form of a percentage. The audiogram will determine your hearing level, from normal to profound hearing loss. Normal hearing means that you can hear sounds within the threshold of 0 to 25 dB, while profound hearing loss indicates that you cannot hear sounds below 92 dB. From these results, your audiologist will determine whether or not your hearing requires treatment and will work with you to find the best solution for you.

At Hearing and Tinnitus Center of Estes Valley, we are highly experienced at diagnosing hearing loss in clients from school age to advanced age. Many options now exist for those experiencing a hearing loss including very discreet hearing aids and easy to use assistive listening devices. Our audiologist, Susan Day, M.S., FAAA is passionate about helping those with hearing loss to live more pleasurable and fuller lives by making conversation and communication easier. We invite you to contact our practice to schedule an appointment to have your hearing checked.

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We are here to help you on your path to better hearing.

At the Hearing & Tinnitus Center of Estes Valley, we provide patients with a full range of Audiological services including hearing aids and tinnitus solutions. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of a hearing loss, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our friendly audiologist.
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