What is involved in a hearing evaluation?
More than 36 million American adults report having some hearing loss, making it one of the most common of all medical conditions. A hearing evaluation will determine the level, type(s) and causes of hearing loss. When you schedule an appointment with us for a hearing evaluation, you will first have a medical examination to rule out physical reasons for your hearing loss, such as infection, injury, deformity, earwax or, in rare cases, tumors. Our evaluations include a video otoscopy, during which we use a tiny video camera to examine your ear canal.
We will also conduct a thorough hearing test (audiogram) to measure your ability to detect sounds at various frequencies and pitches. During the audiogram, you will sit comfortably in a soundproof booth while wearing headphones connected to an audiometer. This device produces tones at specific frequencies and volume levels to each ear independently, and you will press a button to indicate that you have heard the tone. Using this information, we will develop a graph to determine your hearing range and the best course of treatment.
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If you think you have hearing loss, call (804) 937-EARS (3277) to schedule a hearing evaluation today or click here to schedule an appointment online.