Hearing Tests for Adults
K & H Audiology performs comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults.
When Should an Adult Seek a Hearing Test?
If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you should seek a hearing test to determine if your hearing is diminishing:
- Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
- Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
- Do you have trouble following conversations when two or more people are talking?
- Do people complain that you turn up the TV volume too high?
- Do you have to strain to understand conversations?
- Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
- Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
- Do friends, coworkers, or family members make remarks about you missing what has been said?
- Do many people seem to mumble or not speak clearly?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
Types of Hearing Tests
- A Physical Ear Exam
A physical exam of your ears with an otoscope to detect malformations, excessive wax, the presence of a hole in the eardrum or fluid bubbles behind the eardrum.
A test that examines the condition of the middle ear. It measures energy transmission by sending air pressure through the ear canal. The test diagnoses whether you have conductive or sensorineural hearing loss if you are suffering from hearing impairment.
- Individual Ear Assessments
An evaluation of your level of hearing in each ear and your ability to discriminate speech. In a room without any background noise, you will wear headphones that play sound in one ear at a time. The sounds vary in terms of frequency, allowing us to gauge your hearing sensitivity.
Before you begin your test you will complete a brief questionnaire about your hearing. A K&H hearing health care professional will review your responses and may ask additional questions to confirm the state of your hearing.
After completing the hearing test and analyzing the results, we will review our conclusions with you. If we determine you are experiencing hearing impairment, we will explain the type of hearing loss, it’s severity, how it will affect you on a day-to-day basis and if you require medical intervention.
If you can benefit from hearing aids, we will recommend which type is best suited to your hearing loss condition, your lifestyle and personal preferences.