WHAT IS HEARING TEST?

A hearing test takes place in a sound-proofed room or cubicle. you will take a seat, put on some headphone and listen.

hearing test audiologist with female patient
The hearing care professional will start playing sounds that start at a bass tone and work up to treble tone; they will ask you to push a button when you hear each sound. Each time you press the button, the hearing care professional will plot your results which will enable them ascertain your hearing range.

Once your type and degree of hearing loss has been determined, your hearing care professional will be able to decide how much amplification you will need; they may then show you a range of instruments appropriate for your individual hearing loss and together you can decide what is right for you.

An audiologist is a healthcare expert who focuses on all aspects of audiology, i.e. the science of hearing. An audiologist offers services in connection with preventing hearing loss, evaluation and rehabilitation, selection and fitting of hearing aids and other related issues such as communication or balance problems. The science of hearing loss in children is a separate field and this service is usually provided by specialist paediatric audiologists

WHAT IS AUDIOGRAM?

An audiogram is a graphic representation of your hearing ability. During a hearing test, your hearing is checked at different frequencies. The result is recorded as a characteristic audiogram curve

AUDIOGRAM charts

The frequencies

The horizontal scale at the bottom indicates the different frequencies. The low frequencies (e.g. the hum of an engine) are located on the far left, the high sounds (e.g. the twitter of a bird) on the far right.

The loudness level

The vertical scale indicates the loudness level of the respective frequency, from soft (top) to loud (bottom). Values are given in decibels, abbreviated as dB. The healthy human ear begins to perceive sounds starting at 0 dB and reaches the threshold of pain at 110 dB.

 

DISCUSSION OF SOLUTION

At the end of the consultation, the expert will explain all options available to you in order to recover your hearing. You will be shown a selection of hearing aids that are appropriate and the differences and advantages of the products will be explained to you.

Now is a good time to ask all the questions you might have and to give the expert as much information as possible. The more he or she knows about you, the better the help you will receive.

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