Serving Patients in Charleston, SC
Hearing Tests and Evaluations
Our mission is to help you and your loved ones hear better. From our staff of experts, to our facilities and equipment, to the brands we choose, to our hearing tests and how we fit your hearing aids, all our knowledge and skill is applied to the service of your hearing health.
Everyone experiences a different level of hearing loss and there is no “one size fits all” solution. We present a wide range of solutions and it’s important to know there is no “one size fits all” solution for hearing loss and hearing aids. Each person’s hearing loss is unique and so are each individual’s listening needs and preferences. What may work for your relative, friend, or neighbor may not be the right choice for you.
What to expect during a hearing test?
When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by our staff, who will provide a few froms to fill out. These forms will include personal information, including medical history and insurance verification; please make sure to bring this information with you.
During your visit, our audiologist will ask questions to identify situations in which you experience hearing issues. The more information you can provide your audiologist, the better they will be able to identify the right solution based on your level of hearing loss and lifestyle habits.
The audiologist may also look into your ears with an otoscope, which is an instrument designed for visual examination of the eardrum. This otoscope is used to check ear canal and eardrum for earwax and other possible obstructions of the canal. Sometimes, the otoscope will have a video camera so you can see inside your ear as well!
This testing will uncover:
- Whether you have some type of hearing loss
- Possible reasons for hearing loss
- The level and type of hearing loss as well as whether the hearing loss affects both ears
- The best treatment protocols
The Various Types of Hearing Tests
An audiometric test uses several words to test your ability to hear low and high frequency speech within a short distance, as in a conversation. You may also be asked to repeat some words. This will help determine whether hearing aids will help with your hearing loss and ability to hear speech.
Tympanometry analyses the condition of the middle ear, eardrum, and conduction bones by changing air pressure in the ear canal.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) help measure how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are functioning.
Hearing Test Results and Analysis
Your hearing test results are displayed as an audiogram, a visual graph which plots your hearing loss in in terms of frequencies and decibels. Our experts will go over with you the type, pattern, and percentage of normal conversational speech you can still hear.
We will then look at what your test results mean in terms of your hearing health. Then, we’ll go over treatment options. Our team of experts will take the time needed to fully understand your needs so that we can give you as much information as you need to make a choice you’re sure about.
It’s impossible to solve an issue you don’t understand well. Book an appointment to talk with one of our trained audioogists. It’s time to rediscover the sounds you’ve been missing!