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Your First Appointment

An audiologist can advise you on the best options to treat you or your child’s hearing loss. Find out what to expect.

What to Expect

An audiologist who provides advice and support is important. They are the experts in determining whether a hearing aid or an implant is right for your needs, or for those of your child. Finding the most appropriate solution may change your life.

On the first visit, your audiologist may ask about medical history, recent hearing loss symptoms and general physical health to build a detailed case history.

They may perform or schedule an exam and run tests with the aim of reaching a diagnosis.

 

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Ear Exam and Hearing Tests

Pure tone sound test (air conduction test)
Pure tone sound test (air conduction test)

In this air conduction test, different pitches and tones are played through headphones or earplugs. The patient signals when they hear a sound. For children, this test is often turned into a game to make the experience fun.

Speech Recognition test

This test is similar to the pure tone test but uses words or sentences rather than tones. It helps the audiologist determine how well speech is heard and understood at different volumes.

Bone conduction test

In this test, a metal band with an attachment, called a bone oscillator, is placed against the bone behind the ear. The oscillator sends sounds to the inner ear through the bone by vibration and measures the hearing in the inner hearing pathways.

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Receiving Your Results

The results of the hearing test are usually recorded on an audiogram. This chart maps the degree of hearing loss. Your audiologist will explain the results to you.

Discuss treatment options

Whatever the results show, remember there are treatment options for most types of hearing loss to help you or your child. Your audiologist will advise you, but also consider other factors, such as lifestyle and life stage (school, work, retirement). Once you’ve covered all the options, they’ll outline the next step for treatment.

Get in touch with our audiologist today!