What to Expect From a Hearing Test

As part of your assesment, your ENT specialist may refer you to an audiologist for a hearing test. This test is able to further help your doctor in making a diagnosis.

Typically the hearing assesmment will consist of the following:

  • Case history: Consisting of questions about your medical and hearing history

  • Otoscopic Examination: Your audiologist will use a light to look into your ear canal to check for anything that may affect the test results.

  • Tympanometry: assists in the detection of fluid in the middle ear, perforation of the eardrum, or wax blocking the ear canal. It is used to check the mobility of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) and ossicles (tiny bones in the middle ear) by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
  • Pure Tone Testing: A pure-tone air conduction hearing test determines the faintest tones a person can hear at certain pitches (frequencies), from low to high. For this test, earphones are worn so that information can be obtained for each ear separately.
  • Speech Testing: The audiologist will then perform tests to asses your ability to hear individual words. These tests are performed at very soft levels, as well as comfortable listening levels and are used to confirm the pure tone testing.