A hearing test is a procedure best performed by a qualified audiologist or audiometrist. A comprehensive hearing test is made up of a number of examinations, the results of these examinations are then put together and can determine if there is a hearing impairment and if so, to what degree.
Your hearing test appointment will usually commence with some discussion about your hearing problems and a brief medical history. The next step would usually include a visual examination of the ear, using an otoscope. Your audiologist will be looking to make sure the ear canals are clear of wax and that the ear drum is healthy and intact.
The next step of the examination is the main part, the hearing test. The hearing test comprises of an air conduction test, bone conduction test, speech discrimination test and middle ear testing (when necessary).
Based on the relevant history and the results of the hearing test your audiologist will be able to determine the nature and extent of a hearing loss. Taking into consideration your hearing loss, hearing needs and lifestyle, your audiologist will be able to make a recommendation on an appropriate rehabilitation plan which may include the fitting of a hearing device, if necessary (eg. Hearing aids, implants, or other assistive listening device). It is important to have an accurate and detailed hearing test, as this information will form the basis for the prescription calculations and acoustics of the hearing devices. Online testing is therefore to be used as a tool for identifying the possibility of a hearing loss only, not for prescribing hearing aids.
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