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What Happens During an Audiological Evaluation?

by Dr. Kevin Ihrman, Audiology Expert
May 23, 2018

Question: What can one expect from an audiological evaluation?

Answer: The purpose of an audiological or hearing evaluation by an audiologist is to determine how well someone hears, to rule out any medical concerns related to the ear, and to provide recommendations based on the results.  A hearing evaluation typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes and you can expect the audiologist to ask a number of questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle, if you have any hearing concerns, if you have a history of noise exposure or a family history of hearing loss, and if you had any ear surgeries.  The evaluation typically includes a number of different procedures.  First, the audiologist will visually examine the ear, ear canal, and ear drum. An ear drum test is completed to help determine how well the ear drum and middle ear are working.  A major component of the evaluation is where the person responds to a series of beeps of varying volume and repeats words.  Depending on the results, the audiologist may decide to complete additional tests to further explore the auditory system.  At that point the audiologist will discuss the results with the individual and possible recommendations may be made.  The thought of having a hearing evaluation can be stressful to some people.  It is also important to remember that the results from the hearing evaluation are purely informational and what someone choses to do with that information is up to him or her.

Dr. Kevin Ihrman is the Chief of Audiology at Sunnyview Hospital where he sees patients of all ages. Kevin’s specialties include comprehensive audiological evaluations for people of all ages, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid dispensing, and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).

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