Don’t worry; hearing tests don’t hurt at all, so there’s no reason not to get regular checks on your hearing.
The overall process
A hearing test is only part of the process. You will be given a hearing evaluation, which includes a hearing test. In a hearing evaluation, you will provide your case history, and your ears will be examined painlessly with an otoscope. The otoscope allows for a clear view of the ear canal and eardrum to see if there are any problems. Also, there will be a check for debris in the ear canal--any debris, like excessive earwax, would interfere with the hearing test results. If earwax has to be removed, that won’t hurt either--it just may be a little uncomfortable.
The hearing test
None of the steps in a hearing test are painful. You will sit in a soundproof booth or quiet area. The hearing specialist will have you wear headphones or ear inserts. A series of tones of changing frequencies will occur in each ear separately. You will respond to each tone by raising your hand or pushing a button. It’s called a Pure Tone test.
What follows the hearing test is a speech test. You will have to repeat words spoken into the headphones. This test doesn’t hurt either.
Afterward, a tympanometry test may be done to check the movement of the eardrum. This is done by placing an insert into the ear. The insert releases a puff of air to quantify movement of the eardrum. It’s also painless. It’s just to assess your middle ear health and to determine if there is fluid behind your eardrum.
Once everything is done, the specialist will review the results with you. And then he or she will make any needed recommendations for consideration.
If you would like to schedule a hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.