How Does a Hearing Test Work?


A local hearing test, also known as an audiometric evaluation, is a non-invasive assessment of an individual’s hearing ability. The YouTube video discusses what viewers can expect from a local hearing test. Read on to learn more.

Steps in a Hearing Test

The audiologist will discuss your medical history before the test begins. The consultation discussion includes any past hearing issues, exposure to loud noises, or other relevant factors.

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They may conduct a physical examination using an otoscope to check for any visible abnormalities in your ear canal or eardrum.

The primary component of a hearing test involves pure-tone audiometry. You will wear headphones or insert earphones connected to an audiometer. The audiometer generates tones at various frequencies and intensities, and you need to respond by indicating when you hear the tones, typically by pressing a button or raising your hand.

Speech audiometry also evaluates your ability to understand speech at different volumes. The audiologist presents recorded speech at various intensities, and you must repeat or respond to it. Lastly, the audiologist interprets the test results based on your responses. The results are plotted on an audiogram, a graph that shows your hearing thresholds at different frequencies. It helps to identify the type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss, if present.

These tests provide valuable information about your hearing. They help to diagnose hearing loss. Finally, results drive appropriate managed strategies.


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