What is Involved in a Hearing Loss Screening Test?
There are many reasons you may need a hearing screening test. Whether you’re experiencing a slight loss of sound, you need an occupational test, or you have a child with suspected hearing problems—knowing what to expect will reduce any anxiety or stress on the day.
While any good audiologist or hearing specialist will tailor the test to the specific needs or condition of their patients, there are certain aspects that are common to almost all assessments.
If you want to know what to expect during a hearing loss screening test, read on because we’re going to tell you…
To determine what type of hearing loss screening you might need, it’s common that an audiologist will conduct a consultation prior to the test itself. This is a process that may involve filling out forms and answering relevant questions.
The hearing loss screening & testing
Once you’ve outlined your hearing or medical history and answered any relevant questions, you’ll be ready to start the screening process.
You may be a little nervous if you’ve never had a hearing test before, but to put your mind at ease, it’s important to know that whatever the circumstances, these tests aren’t painful or invasive.
With our WA-based hearing tests, no one size fits all. But here’s what you can expect from a general screening:
- Pure-tone audiometry: Listening to a variety of tones and volumes in a sound-treated room or vessel.
- Speech-based audiometry: Sitting in a quiet environment and listening to excerpts of speech at different volumes to determine your comfortable listening threshold.
- Real-world-type hearing assessment: This form of screening is similar to speech-based audiometry, but in this instance, speech is mixed with real-world background sounds and noises.
- Tympanometry: Sometimes an audiologist will conduct a tympanometry test which involves screening for your acoustic reflexes. Typically, a soft earplug is placed in the ear to check how effectively your ear muscles are moving while measuring your middle ear muscles’ reflexive response.
Whatever your hearing test involves, a professional audiologist will remain to guide you through the process from start to finish.
At the end of your hearing loss screening test, your audiologist will take you through the results; explaining their findings in detail.
With your results explained in full, you will be offered treatment options tailored to your specific hearing issue.
At Hearing & Audiology Perth, we will help you find the best treatment for your needs and take you through the process step by step. We also offer an exceptional aftercare service, should you need it further down the line.
With over 34 years of specialist experience and an industry-leading team of clinicians, we can help you with all of your hearing needs.