See a hearing care professional
if you thing that you may have a hearing loss. If you are worried that you may not hear or understand everything the professional says then it may also be helpful to bring a friend or relative along
Most hearing professionals begin the examination by chatting about hearing issues. The professional will need to know:
- Your medical history
- When you first noticed a hearing loss
- Any previous exposure to loud sounds
- To what extent you experience hearing loss in your daily life.
This information will be used to understand how the loss developed and which treatment is best for you.
A hearing professional will examine your ears using a lighted probe called an otoscope
to look for any physical ear problems. This is a painless and non-invasive procedure.Standard hearing examinations
also include audiometric testing, or tests that physically measure the level of hearing loss
. You will be asked to sit in a specially-designed audio booth and listen to a series of tones that are sent via headphones.
You will then indicate which sounds you can and can’t hear, and results will be plotted into an audiogram
. The hearing professional will use this data to measure hearing loss and to find the appropriate hearing device for your type and level of hearing loss.