A hearing test is the first step in determining the degree and type of your hearing loss. The test includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss. Some tests determine the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. During such a test, earphones are worn so that information can be obtained for each ear.
Speech testing will also be completed to determine your ability to understand speech sounds. For example, your audiologist or hearing aid practitioner will determine your speech reception threshold (SRT). This approach is often used to confirm other test results. The SRT records the faintest speech that can be heard half the time. Then the audiologist or hearing aid practitioner records word recognition or the ability to correctly repeat back words at a comfortable loudness level. Speech testing is performed in a variety of environments; difficulty understanding speech amidst background noise is a common complaint of people with hearing loss, and this information is important for proper therapy.
The audiologist or hearing aid practitioner may also take measurements that provide information about how the middle ear is functioning. For example, tympanometry performed at our clinics determines if a middle ear problem may be contributing to or causing your hearing loss. The test measures the mobility of the eardrum and is often performed when children have a middle ear infection.
The tests performed provide a comprehensive profile of your hearing abilities and needs. Additional specialized testing may be recommended based on these initial test results. Our registered clinicians evaluate and explain your test results. In consultation with you, we determine the most appropriate hearing aid style for your hearing loss and personal listening needs.