Hearing Evaluations | What to expect at a hearing test?
Preparing for Your Hearing Test
Now 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.