Our complete audiometric evaluation is thorough and standardized between our offices. Your audiologist will first examine your ears with an otoscope or video otoscope to determine if there is any excessive earwax (cerumen), or any other problem that may require medical intervention.
Hearing loss is described by varying degrees, not percentages. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe, or profound, and it can vary across pitches. A person's hearing deficit is determined by a simple hearing test where the amount of volume loss you experience is compared to an average of many other adult listeners with normal auditory ability.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. The diagnostic hearing evaluation will be performed by an audiologist, usually in his or her office, using equipment called an audiometer.
How Hearing Works
Understanding how the ear works and how we hear is essential in properly diagnosing a hearing problem and how to approach treating that hearing loss.