Whatever your reasons for visiting an audiologist might be, if you are about to make your first audiology appointment you may feel a little anxious and unsure about what it’s expecting you at the audiologist’s office. To be straightforward, regardless what your hearing problem is, you can be care-free because a typical Australian hearing service is performed by qualified professionals who have a broad knowledge in the matter. If you still feel uncertain in respect of your visit to the audiologist’s office, read on, we’ve made a simple overview of a typical hearing evaluation and hearing disorder diagnosing procedure a reliable Australian hearing service provider will offer to you. In simple terms, here’s what you should expect.
At your visit to an audiology clinic, the audiologist will first ask you certain general questions related to your hearing problems in the past. Also, he/she might ask you about the history of hearing disorders in your family. After that, the doctor will ask you to provide more information for your specific hearing difficulties, including the time when your symptoms started, the kind of symptoms you are experiencing as well as the way your hearing disorder symptoms affect your communication in the everyday life.
Depending on the answers you give to the questions, your audiologist will determine what type of hearing test you should undergo so that he/she will be able to diagnose your hearing problem. In general, the three most common hearing tests that are included in almost every Australian hearing service are:
This is the initial step in every hearing evaluation procedure. In fact, otoscopy is a testing procedure during which the audiologist uses a special tool called ‘otoscope’ to check whether there are blockages (such as ear wax) in the ear canal or ear that imped the normal hearing process. Also, with the otoscope the audiologist can check for other problems in the work of the ear canal and ear drum.
This is a testing procedure with which the function of the middle ear is examined. During this test your doctor will check how well the ear drum in both ears respond to light pressure. This is done by detecting the presence of any factor (infection, fluid, etc.) that might imped the normal motion of the ear drums.
This procedure includes two hearing tests: bone conduction testing and air conduction testing. The purpose of these testing procedures is to determine the lowest degree of sounds that you can perceive.