Hearing testing in Glen Ellyn & Carol Stream, IL
What to expect during a hearing test
2) Pure Tone & Speech Recognition Testing
Hearing testing typically involves two types of testing, pure tone and speech recognition testing. Pure tone testing involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your hearing abilities at different frequencies. The specialist will place you inside a comfortable sound booth, and instruct your to indicate when you hear a tone in one or both of your ears. They will play tones of varying frequencies and volumes. This information is analyzed to understand the degree of hearing loss at specific frequencies.
Speech recognition testing evaluates your ability to hear and process speech sounds into intelligable words. To communicate effectively, we must be able to both hear the sound and translate it into understandable language. For those with sustained untreated hearing loss, their speech recognition abilities can diminish over time. This part of testing gives your provider a well rounded understanding of where your hearing and understanding abilites are at this moment in time. The combined results allow your hearing professional to recommend the best treatment plan for your unique situation.
3) Review your test results
The results of your testing will be displayed on what’s called an Audiogram. An Audiogram is a visual representation of your hearing abilities as it relates to frequency and volume. Your provider will explain your Audiogram, pointing out any specific frequencies where you have a loss.
4) Discuss treatment options (if applicable)
If your testing indicates that you would benefit from improved hearing, your hearing professional will offer recommendations for your consideration. There are a wide variety of hearing aid models and technology levels, suited for most degrees of hearing loss. Your hearing professional will take into account your lifestyle, degree of hearing loss and budget requirements when making a recommendation. We work with all leading hearing aid manufacturers and are therefore able to offer our patients a truly unbiased recommendation.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188