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What You Can Expect From the Hearing Test in Hawkins Hearing

The hearing test by Carol HawkinsEvery hearing test and hearing aid evaluation is made up of many steps. Some people treat the hearing test with some fear, but there's no reason for you to be nervous.  The process is simple and we promise not to tie you to a chair!

However, we understand that the nervousness is usually triggered by not knowing what will happen and not knowing what the results will be.

So we've decided to let you know what goes on at a hearing test at Hawkins Hearing. So without further fanfare, here we go:

If you suspect that you have a hearing loss or might need a hearing aid, you'll first need to have a hearing test.

The hearing test is non intrusive and will usually take less than an hour. At the time of the hearing test, we'll take a case history to determine how much your hearing problems impact your day-to-day life, as well as the lives of your family. The case history is just us asking a bunch of questions about when and how your sense of a hearing loss started, if there's ringing in your ears, (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness.

We'll also ask some basic questions about your general health history. This is important as it gives us some idea about your hearing loss and any underlying conditions that may affect it. 

The No Nonsense Nuts & Bolts of the Hearing Test

The hearing test itself can involve the following tests;

Pure tone testing (Audiometry)
Speech testing (Audiometry)
Tympanometry
Acoustic Reflex Threshold testing
Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) testing

The results from your test will give us a clear understanding of the sounds you are hearing and more importantly, the sounds you are missing. The answers that you gave us earlier about your daily life and the impact of your hearing loss provide us with a more comprehensive understanding.  Depending on the results of your test, you could be referred to a medical doctor specializing in disorders of the ear. 

The Man (sorry Woman) With The Plan

If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, we'll recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears, depending on your loss.  We'll clearly explain what sounds you are not hearing, how they are affecting your understanding, and what hearing aids can do to help you in your day to day life. We'll set out and agree on a clear plan that covers all of the elements of your treatment. We want you to be completely clear on what we propose, how we propose to deliver it, and how you can be expected to benefit from it.

Hearing Aids

We're committed to helping you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances.  The final decision is always yours.  We just hope to guide you with the best information we can give. Once you make a decision, we can take impressions of your ears if you selected a custom hearing aid or a behind-the-ear hearing aid that requires an earmold. 

Usually they are fitted within a week or two. 

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