Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation

A diagnostic audiologic evaluation is an in-depth examination of an individual's hearing capabilities. The evaluation is typically conducted by an audiologist and may include a variety of tests and assessments to determine if a hearing loss is present, the type and severity of the loss, and the potential cause. The results of the evaluation will be used to create an individualized treatment plan and may also include recommendations for further evaluation or treatment with other medical professionals.

What tests will be done?

A diagnostic audiologic evaluation is an in-depth examination of your hearing abilities. The test is conducted by an audiologist and may include a range of different assessments and measurements to determine the type, severity, and cause of your hearing loss. The specific tests performed will depend on your age, symptoms, and medical history. During the evaluation, the audiologist will conduct pure-tone testing to measure your ability to hear different frequency sounds. Bone conduction testing will also be done to measure your inner ear's response to sound. Speech testing will be done to determine how well you understand spoken words. This information will be used to establish if the hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural, and will provide guidance for the audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations or referrals to other professionals. Overall, the diagnostic audiologic evaluation is an essential step in understanding your hearing loss and getting the help you need.

What can I expect during a diagnostic hearing evaluation?

The evaluation will last about 30-40 minutes in length. You should also allow time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results and ask questions. If the results indicate you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options. It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations. Before your appointment, a complete medical history will be completed and the audiologist will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. They will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.

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