A hearing test is one of the first steps in determining the hearing disability or impairment that may be present in a patient. Most often, a hearing test Adelaide is performed by an audiologist with an audiogram. An audiogram measures a patient’s hearing sensitivity at various frequencies and is used to judge a person’s hearing disability at different ranges of frequencies as well. There are many other hearing tests available, e.g., Weber hearing test and Rinne hearing test.
The type of hearing test that you will undergo depends on the severity of your hearing loss. In this case, it is always best to conduct tests both with and without aid. However, conducting tests using assistance can make the process much easier for you because you will not have to do any of the strenuous activities necessary to perform these tests: standing still, wearing headgear, etc. When conducting your hearing test, the best thing to do is to look for someone who has the same type of hearing loss that you have. You will find someone close to you who is also experiencing similar hearing loss to try out the methods you are considering using. Your audiologist may also be able to recommend someone who has experience conducting these tests.
Once you have received a formal hearing test Adelaide, you should schedule a follow-up visit with your audiologist to assess how your hearing loss is improving. There are several methods used to gauge how hearing aids are improving your hearing loss. You may want to explore several options to determine which treatment method is best for your needs.
During your follow-up visit, the audiologist may recommend follow-up audiometry that can evaluate your hearing loss without assistance. This audiometry usually consists of a series of tests that check factors such as response time, background noise, echo, background severity, and presence of distortion. If your hearing loss is improving, the audiologist may recommend even more detailed audiometry to get a clearer picture of what is going on inside your head.
Your third hearing test Adelaide after your initial visit usually involves pure tone audiometry. Pure tone audiometry checks to see if your ears can pick up natural sounds at different volumes. The audiologist will play different tones to varying volumes into each of your ears during your pure tone audiometry. You will have to listen to all of the sounds that are being played and then place your hand on the spot on your head where your ears will most likely pick up the sounds.
The last hearing test that you will undergo is called the CIC or Cephalic Intracranial Interval Register. In this test, your audiologist places a wand on your earlobe and then inserts a rod into your ear canal. He then puts his wand in your ear and moves it back and forth a certain amount of times. You will feel like you listen to a little radio on your ear canal when the wand moves back and forth. This test is essential because it will tell your audiologist if your hearing loss has been caused by damage to your inner ear, specifically the hyoid bone.