Every hearing screening appointment is set to meet the needs of the patient. As such each hearing assessment may be slightly different. In general an audiology exam may include:

Your audiologist utilizing an otoscope to view your ear. This helps the audiologist spot anything unusual that might explain your hearing trouble. After seeing the way your ear looks, the audiologist may want to test how your ear is working. One way to do that is with a test called tympanometry. This tests how your eardrum moves. To do this eardrum test, your audiologist will place a soft plug into your ear for a few seconds. It shouldn’t hurt, but you might feel a little pressure. If your eardrum did not vibrate like it should, it is a clue about what’s causing the trouble with your hearing.

Other times more tests may need to be performed to figure out the problem and have it resolved.

If the audiologist is going to perform a hearing test it will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how many different sounds and tests the audiologist performs. He or she might do pure-tone tests, which are used to figure out which tones and volumes you can hear. Or the audiologist might have you listen to words and repeat them. To learn more about high frequency hearing tests or other types of hearing assessments, please click on the links below.