For many people, the word “test” is enough to make their knees jitter and their palms sweaty. When the test is health related, the nerves and anxiety can become quite unbearable. That’s totally understandable.
This is why at Hear It All we aim to make your visit a comfortable, stress-free experience. After all, we are here to help you improve your hearing. That’s a good thing – to finally address your hearing loss, find the best solution, and enjoy the most out of life again.
So, to put your mind at ease, we’ve put together this guide to prepare you for your visit. This way there will be no surprises and you can sit back, relax, and actually look forward to your appointment.
A Warm Welcome
When you walk through our door, you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist. Before any testing can begin, we will need to ask you a few questions just to get the usual housekeeping matters out of the way such as your medical history and insurance details.
After filling out a few simple forms, you’ll be called to meet our hearing specialist who is eager to get to know you better and understand your individual needs. A casual chat with our hearing specialist will explore your reasons for visiting us and the outcome you hope to gain from your hearing test.
Next, our hearing specialist will peek inside your ears using an instrument called an otoscope. Lots of information can be gathered just by looking inside. The health of your ear canal and eardrum will be checked as well as the presence of any obstructions such as excessive earwax. Depending on your circumstances, a quick pressure test might be done to further check your eardrum and middle ear.
The Hearing Test
You will be guided to a booth that will eliminate any sound distractions from outside noises. The hearing test comprises of two short exercises to determine what pitches and sounds you can and can’t hear. They are completely painless and there isn’t anything too complicated for you to do. Here’s a brief explanation of what you can expect to put your worries to rest.
Air Conduction Test – Wearing headphones, a series of different tones will be played to you. Each time you hear a sound, you will push a button. The purpose of this test is to establish your hearing range.
Word Recognition Score – Our hearing specialist will read a list of words into each ear. This will determine the softest level that you can repeat speech and how well you can understand speech at a comfortable listening level. Sometimes background noise will be added to see how you can cope in social situations such as among crowds or in noisy restaurants.
The good news is there’s no need to sit on pins and needles waiting for your results. We will discuss your results with you right away. Our hearing specialist will explain your level of hearing loss, the impact it can have on your life, and the consequences of leaving your hearing loss untreated. If you do require hearing aids, you’ll be advised on the types of devices that would benefit your needs the most. We will then leave the decision to purchase hearing aids in your hands. However, after our consultation, you will leave with everything you need to know to make a well-informed decision about your hearing.
If you’ve been having trouble with your hearing, don’t put off a hearing test any longer. Take the first step to better hearing by calling Hear it All today at (512) 357-8000 to book your hearing test.
Lori Cook is a Hearing Aid Specialist with over seventeen years’ experience in the hearing healthcare industry. With a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas systems, Lori has a deep sense of concern both for her patients and her community.