Hearing Evaluations

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Is It Time for a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

Do others complain the TV is too loud?

Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?

Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?

Do you ask others to repeat themselves?

Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?

Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?

Types of Hearing Loss


A conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not transported efficiently through the ear canal, eardrum, or through the tiny bones of the middle ear.  This results in a reduction of the loudness of a sound.


Often referred to (in error) as “nerve deafness” a sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. These cells cannot be repaired or replaced. Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:


Some people have both a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss.  A combination of the two different types is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. Resolution of the conductive portion can result in improved hearing

What to Expect During Your First Visit.

A hearing test is a painless procedure designed to provide us with information about the status of well…your ability to hear.  The following are a few of the procedures that might occur during the course of a hearing test.  It is quite possible that not all of these procedures will be done when you come for your visit.  We treat every patient as an individual and as such we will tailor your visit to meet your needs.

Pure Tone Air Conduction Testing

Sound will be delivered via headphones either placed over your ears or inserted  just into your ear canal.  You will hear a series of beeps or tones.  Some soft and some loud.  You will be asked to indicate when you hear the tone sometimes by pressing a button, sometimes by raising your hand.  


Pure Tone Bone Conduction Testing

To administer this test, a small device that vibrates will be placed behind one ear at a time.  If the hearing levels in both ears are similar this test will usually be done with the vibrator device behind one ear only. 

Speech Discrimination Testing

Since it’s important to determine not just how well you hear tones but also how well you’re able to understand the spoken word we administer speech tests.  The speech discrimination test is administered at a level that is comfortable for you, not to loud and not too soft.  You will hear a series of words.  You will be asked to repeat each word back, one at a time. 


Who is more likely to have hearing loss, men or women?

Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.

What age group has the most hearing loss?

Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the greatest amount of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 age group.

How many Americans have hearing loss?

One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.

How many children are born with hearing loss?

About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.

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