As providers of high-quality hearing health care, Hearing Evaluation Services (HES) believes that a thorough hearing evaluation is a crucial component to providing the most effective solution to hearing loss. A hearing evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s hearing to identify the type and degree of hearing loss. Hearing evaluations can be performed on patients of any age, including children and special populations, using a variety of test methods. For information on the testing methods used for infants and children, visit Pediatrics.
Our team of highly educated audiologists, coupled with top-of-the line test methods and advanced technology, ensure accuracy in diagnosing hearing loss and efficiency in treating it. At HES, all of our tests take the patient’s medical history into consideration. Conditions including, but not limited to, prior ear infection, head injury, and certain medications can play a role in an individual’s hearing loss. Before the more in-depth tests, your audiologist will examine the ear canals for debris or earwax buildup that may be causing your hearing loss.
You will then listen for various sounds. This allows us to determine your level (or threshold) of hearing across a wide range of sound frequencies that are important for speech understanding ability. The next test uses the same process, but the tones are sent through a device called a bone conductor that is placed comfortably behind your ear. This is to determine if your loss of hearing is due to a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear. Speech testing is also performed, during which you will repeat words that gradually decrease in volume, followed by a list of words presented at a comfortable listening volume. This is to determine the level at which you can detect speech and gives the audiologist information about how well your ears are transmitting sound to the brain. Additional tests may be performed depending on the outcome of these results. Following your hearing evaluation, a detailed report will be generated and sent to your referring physician.
HES understands the importance of continuity of care; therefore, your primary audiologist will guide you through any additional tests, appointments and treatments that may be required. Once the type and degree of your hearing loss is determined, your audiologist may simply provide counseling on the results, explain your treatment options if hearing loss is detected, and answer any questions you may have. HES will work closely with you to find a hearing solution the fits your individual needs. It is important to know that our audiologists are non-commissioned and that these informational consultations are given at no charge.
Through proper treatment and hearing technology, you can reduce the negative impacts that hearing loss has on your overall future health, lifestyle and communicative abilities. If you are suffering from hearing loss, let HES help you find a solution. If you’re over the age of 50, a baseline hearing evaluation is highly recommended.