If a simple hearing screening indicates you have hearing loss, you should have a complete diagnostic audiologic evaluation. This series of tests is painless and will determine if you have hearing loss. If hearing loss is detected, you’ll know the type and severity. In other words, the professionals at The Speech & Hearing Center will be able to tell you exactly what sounds you hear and what sounds you are missing. Because hearing loss generally occurs gradually, you may not even be aware of it.
We are experts in testing the hearing for all ages. The Speech & Hearing Center is the first and only provider in the Chattanooga area that tests infant and young babies hearing with Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, without the need for sedation.
What tests are performed?
Your hearing test begins with a review of your medical history and an examination of your ears. If you are currently taking any medications or supplements, be sure to bring a list with you.
Pure-tone audiometry: During this test, you wear headphones and will gesture as the audiologist indicates. This test determines the softest tones that you can hear over a range of frequencies, so it measures audibility thresholds. The results are visually represented on an audiogram. This is also known as air conduction testing.
Bone conduction testing: This test uses a different type of headset. It helps the audiologist determine if the hearing loss is conductive (middle ear) or sensorineural (inner ear).
Speech testing: This test may be performed with and without background noise. You will repeat the words you hear through headphones. It measures your audibility threshold for speech, which may be different than for pure tones.
If your hearing tests indicate that you have hearing loss, the audiologist will discuss treatment options with you. If hearing aids are indicated, the type and severity of your hearing loss will be considered as well as cosmetic concerns, dexterity, lifestyle and budget.
Family members welcome
The Speech & Hearing Center encourages you to bring a family member or trusted friend with you to hearing test appointments. At the first appointment, it helps to have someone with you as you discuss the hearing aids and at the fitting; they can help make sure the hearing aids are programmed for a familiar voice.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, schedule a hearing test today with The Speech & Hearing Center. Our audiologists will guide you through this simple process and make the best treatment recommendations based on the results.