In need of a hearing test? Visit us for accurate and reliable results
Hearing loss is something that can affect anyone during any stage of life. If a hearing loss is suspected, the only way to effectively diagnose it is through a clinical hearing test. Taking this first small but important step will allow your audiologist to not only determine whether you have a hearing loss, but also to determine its severity. We conduct hearing tests at our practices across the Cape.
As your audiologists, we are approachable to help you through the process of having a hearing test and understanding the outcome. Our hearing tests are conducted at our practices in a soundproof booth; and in certain cases in mobile circumstances with specialised equipment designed for that purpose. In other words, we ALWAYS perform hearing tests in calibrated sound conditions. Our equipment is calibrated annually to industry standards, so that we can ensure accurate and trusted results.
Once the hearing test is completed, we will take the time to discuss your results with you, and in the event that a hearing loss is detected we will explore options for treatment or rehabilitation with you.
What happens during a hearing test?
We spend up to 2 hours with a new patient for an in-depth hearing test, lifestyle assessment and feedback session. Here is what you can expect:
- Firstly, the audiologist will examine your ears with an otoscope to check for any noticeable issues in the ear canal. This makes sure that sound can reach the mechanical and nerve parts of the ear.
- None of our hearing tests cause any pain!
- We perform a variety of hearing tests that are described as either basic (the most important hearing tests for a diagnosis) or specialised (if necessary, to further refine the information we need to define the type or impact of a hearing loss on sound clarity and hearing function).
- Your hearing tests will take place in a soundproof room for accuracy.
- Some tests are designed to ensure that the pressure in your middle ear (the mechanical section of the ear) is normal, with no infection, fluid or other condition preventing sound from reaching the nerve and then brain.
- Some of our hearing tests obtain information about your hearing for specific pitches (Pure Tone Tests), using specialised headphones. These tests result in a graph called an AUDIOGRAM, which we will explain thoroughly at the consultation. This graph helps us to identify for each ear, whether there is any hearing loss, and if so, how much.
- Some tone-based hearing tests are presented using a vibration bone conductor. This allows sound to reach your inner ear (cochlea) and therefore nerve, more directly. This helps us to identify which parts of the hearing system are contributing to a hearing loss.
- We use a series of speech hearing tests to discover your softest, loudest and most comfortable levels of sound. We also define which speech sounds are clear, and which ones are muffled. After all, you need speech to be clear in order to understand conversation.
- We will only do hearing tests that are necessary in order to find these answers for you:
- Do I have a hearing loss?
- Which ear is it in?
- How much hearing loss do I have?
- Which part of my ear is responsible for this hearing loss?
- Can it be repaired by surgery or medication?
- Do I need hearing assistance through hearing aids/instruments?
- What options do I have to help my hearing perform to my best potential?
Once the hearing test is over, your audiologist will take the time to show you your audiogram and other tests results. We will explain your results thoroughly so that you understand them and your potential solutions properly.