Hearing Tests

Taking a hearing test is the fastest way to get to the root of your hearing problems. Many people find they have a more profound hearing loss than others, but even mild degrees should be addressed. A hearing test is almost always the first step toward better hearing.

We recommend a visit for an in-person test.

While online hearing screenings are readily available, these should only be used to help you gather more information before visiting your audiologist for a comprehensive test. In-person testing using special equipment gives the most accurate and personalized results. Audiologists who recommend hearing aids will want to have these results before proceeding.

Sound Advice audiologists are experts in administering the test, getting fast results and sending you to a better hearing future.

Basic tests

The basic hearing test is performed using earphones on both ears and a small microphone sensor on the neck. The audiologist sends a series of sounds, tones and words to your ears, and you acknowledge when you hear them. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes.

An important part of the basic test is the spoken language section, where you are asked to identify and say words back to the audiologist. The most common complaint we hear from people is their inability to understand normal speech and constantly asking people to speak up or repeat themselves. Using a computer, the results are depicted graphically and an accurate picture of your ability to hear is produced.

Further testing

Other tests that may or may not be given include a pressure test of your eardrums, a bone conduction test (which is the sensor placed against your neck), an auditory nerve test and a muscle test. Some testing could involve the way the inner ear muscles involuntarily react to sound. There is a test for brain stem activity relating to the interpretation of sound. In some cases, these are given to try to find a problem not solved with a basic test.

Another test uses a tiny microphone to check the response of the cochlea in the inner ear. The cochlea converts vibration to electrical impulses used by the brain to interpret sound.

If you have medical conditions or problems that might affect your hearing or treatment, always tell the audiologist. Tests include a survey of general health to provide our audiologists with the information they need to properly diagnose your condition and recommend the best form of treatment.