Having your hearing tested by an audiologist is a big first step in rehabilitating hearing loss. This guide will help you prepare for your visit and know what to expect.
Preparing for your visit
Preparing for your hearing evaluation will help you to get the most benefit from the experience. Take some time to think about the areas of your life affected most by hearing loss. Think of any environments or situations that you find hearing difficult. Because hearing loss affects more than just you, we ask that you bring a family member or loved one with you to your appointment. It’s important to have someone with you that can help identify specific communication goals. New patients will have forms to fill out at the appointment. If you’d like to complete these forms before your appointment you can download them from our website. The needed forms are: Patient Intake Form, Patient History, and Notice of Privacy Practice Receipt Acknowledgement. Remember to bring your insurance card and picture identification with you also. If you have copies of any previous hearing tests available, you can bring those too. Existing hearing instrument wearers should bring their hearing instruments as well.
At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Rushing will ask questions about your current hearing challenges, your hearing history, and your medical history. If you’ve brought a hearing test completed elsewhere, we may review it at this time. Existing hearing instrument wearers will be asked questions to determine if their hearing aids are functioning properly and aiding hearing loss as intended. We will also discuss the testing objectives and address any concerns you may have.
The Test Itself
The next step will be the hearing assessment. We will inspect your ears for overall health and cleanliness, ensure your ear drums and middle ear are functioning correctly, test your audibility of pure tones and recorded speech, and perform other tests to assess your communication abilities.
Once the test is complete, Dr. Rushing will review your results with you using visual aids to clearly illustrate the type and severity of your hearing loss. It will then be time to develop a plan for the next steps. Treatment recommendations will be made based on your individual hearing and lifestyle goals.