When you come for a hearing evaluation, you will see a doctor of audiology who is dedicated to completely understanding your hearing health. She will initially ask you a number of important questions to understand your particular hearing issues, which may be related to current or prior health issues.
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First, she will examine your ears and can show you a video otoscopy of your ear canal and drum! She will then perform a test to analyze your middle ear to rule out potentially reversible hearing problems, such as infection or impacted wax.
A full hearing evaluation including air and bone conduction testing will then be done to determine your hearing ability and if there are any more serious medical concerns causing your hearing problem.
Finally, she will explain your test results and discuss next steps to address your hearing issues. These steps could include an annual hearing test, hearing protection to prevent further loss, hearing aids or other amplification, or referral to a proper specialist if a more serious medical condition is indicated. Should the indication be that hearing assistance is the best course of treatment, she will work with you to determine the best options of technology, performance and value for your particular case.