How does a hearing test work?
There are two important factors that need to be met before someone can get their hearing tested with Residential Hearing Services. The first is an ear canal check and the second is an ambient sound check.
An ear canal check will occur after you and the technician sit down. The technician will look inside your ear canals to make sure that it is free of ear wax. Excessive ear wax can hinder sound from reaching your eardrum, lessening your ability to hear. If there is too much ear wax in your ears, we may be unable to perform the hearing test. Ear wax can be removed by a physician if necessary.
An ambient sound check will occur right after checking your canal for ear wax. To be eligible for Residential Hearing Services’ hearing test, you need to have a quiet space to test in. We can test your hearing from the bed, the garden, the living room couch, or even the kitchen as long as it is a quiet environment. If you live near a Freeway, construction site, or any other relatively loud space we may be unable to test your hearing at home.
There is no pass or fail in a hearing test.
While the technician clears your environment, you will meet our hearing professional via video chat. We will provide the proper equipment to meet with them. Your hearing professional will ask you some “lifestyle” questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems. This helps our audiologist develop a personalized hearing evaluation.
There are four parts to a hearing aid test. First otoacoustic emissions (OAE), then tympanometry, followed by the two exams wearing insert headphones. Once these tests begin, our computers will first feed you quiet tones (frequencies) in each ear, and you will acknowledge when you hear them by raising the correct hand or clicking a button. Finally, the computer will read several words to you where you must repeat the words you hear. Hearing tests can take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
What You Need!
A quiet space without any frequent interruptions.
Ears free of ear wax.
A comfortable place to sit.
A table to rest computers on.
We provide the rest!
Don’t attempt to fool us, we have friendly techniques to keep you honest. We also use a specific speech at different volumes to hone in on your hearing challenges. During this comprehensive test, we can create an audiogram of your SPECIFIC hearing. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. It is a map of your specific hearing health. You will be shown the type, pattern, and degree of hearing loss, as well as the amount of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear.