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What Happens During a Hearing Test?

Hearing tests are deemed painless and non-invasive. Most of the hearing tests take place in a quiet, sound treated booth or room or an enclosure specially designed to keep other noises at bay which might create an impact on your hearing test scores such as AC, heater or the office environment. During the hearing test, you will be asked to put on headphones or soft earplugs with wires which are further connected to an instrument known as audiometer that helps in conducting the test. The sound treated booth is also equipped with special speakers for testing the infants, little children or people to be tested while putting on the hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Once you are in the booth, your hearing health care professional will talk to you and offer you the instructions via your headphones. You will be asked to hear to a few tones which would be of different pitches and volumes and you would push a button or raise your hand when it becomes audible to you. You will have to concentrate and listen to it carefully as you will need to respond even if the tone is way too soft and it is barely audible. The hearing test also measures the softest sound possible that is audible to you at each frequency tested. This part of the test is known as the pure tone audiometry.

Another component of most of the hearing tests is the speech audiometry, and it utilizes the recorded or live speech rather than the pure tones. The speech portion of this hearing test Scottsdale evaluates the softest speech sounds that are audible and understandable to you. Then you will be asked to repeat the words back that are presented at a level above the threshold to check how well you were able to understand them accurately. Many experts use the speech sounds to ascertain the most comfortable listening level of yours and the upper limits of comfort for your listening.

If by any means necessary, the hearing health care professional may also perform tympanometry and a testing of your acoustic reflexes. In these tests, a soft plug that builds pressure changes and generates sounds will be placed in your ear. This method helps in determining how well your eardrum is moving and will also help in measuring the reflexive responses of the middle ear muscles.

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