With our extensive experience in running hearing tests, over the years, Perfect Hearing has encountered many questions raised by our valued customers. Is your hearing problem bothering you?
If so, it’s best to talk to our experienced audiologists who will be able to answer any questions you might have about hearing tests.
If you need a quick answer, check out the following FAQs which will address the common questions that most people ask about hearing tests.
How often should I get my hearing tested?
It is recommended that you get your hearing tested annually. This is to enable you and your audiologist track any progression in your hearing loss or changes in your hearing health.
Does someone have to come with me to my hearing test?
Yes. It is often advisable to go with someone to your appointment. It could be your spouse, your daughter, your son or a close friend.
This is important because your audiologist might want to carry out the familiar voice test.
Should I see a hearing care professional or Audiologist for my test?
Hearing care professionals are more about hearing aid fitting and technology. Audiologists, on the other hand, have a master’s degree or a higher degree in audiology.
They carry out non-medical evaluation of hearing losses, including advanced testing for purposes beyond fitting.
What kind of results do I get?
After your testing, you will be given individual results for both ears (left and right ear) in the following terms:
- Normal Range
- Slightly Below
- Substantially Below Normal
When do I get the results of my hearing test?
Your result will be issued immediately after the hearing test. As soon as both ears have been tested, the result will be given.
Except in cases where your audiologist request that you come back another time for your result, due to one reason or another.
Does the test take into account the wax in my ears?
No, it does not. If you are worried about ear wax, talk to your audiologist.
I already wear aids. Can I still go for a hearing test?
If you have a question about the effectiveness of your hearing aids, visit a hearing aid centre. And, yes, you could take the test if you remove your aids.
But it is unlikely that you will find out something new from the test that you do not already know. Well, unless something miraculous happened and there is an improvement in your hearing.
What should I do with the results?
If your hearing test shows that your hearing is not normal, Perfect Hearing will recommend a complete hearing evaluation by our experienced audiologists.
If your results are normal, then you are okay! However, if it comes out normal and you still have concerns about your hearing, go for a complete hearing evaluation.
How long does a hearing test take?
Your hearing test will take about around 30 minutes, depending on how many different sounds and tests your audiologist would want to do.
He may want to carry out a pure-tone test, used to learn which tones you can hear and at what volume. Or, he may just have you listen to words and repeat them.
How do I prepare for a hearing test?
There aren’t any serious preparations needed – no books or formula needs to be studied. However, here are a few things you need to know before going to your appointment:
- Clean your ears
- Avoid loud noises
- Reschedule if you have a cold.
So here you go, the frequently asked questions about hearing tests. Remember taking a hearing test is 100 % safe and it’s recommended once a year. If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch with Perfect Hearing.