Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step to determine your hearing capability. If you have hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. The evaluation is performed by Jessica Dwyer in the sound booth using special equipment called an audiometer.
This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborn to older adults.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
- Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, though you may need a referral from your primary care physician to qualify for coverage.
Why a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is Important
Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss, and gives Jessica important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment.
Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it's important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatment options are considered.
What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?
The evaluation will probably last about 30 minutes. You should also allow time for discussion with Jessica to review your hearing test results and ask questions. If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options.
It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
A complete medical history will be completed and Jessica will want to hear about your hearing complaints. She will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems.
Please don't 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.
Hearing rehabilitation is an intricate process that requires working with an audiologist that is committed to not settling for less than the best hearing health care possible for you. Most hearing loss patients notice an improvement with any hearing aid trial, but the key is having a knowledgeable and experienced audiologist. Jessica will help you find the right hearing aid style and fit for your hearing loss and lifestyle. She will work with you to determine the best fit for your needs.