The Hearing Test
You will first have a physical inspection of your ear with an otoscope as shown in the picture.
For the audiogram, you will have on earphones or foam inserts to block outside noise. You will be asked to indicate when you can hear various levels of sounds or tones in each ear. Next, a bone conduction test is performed with the application of a headband (bone oscillator). This gives a clearer picture of your hearing. Other tests may include UCL (Uncomfortable Level), MCL (Most Comfortable Level), SRT (Speech Reception Threshold), WD (Word Discrimination), and SNR (Speech in Noise Ratio).
In order to fit you with the best devices, your hearing healthcare professional will want to know about how you spend your time. Do you mostly stay home watching television with few visitors or do you work full time and have an active social life? Your answers will help decide which style and technology are a fit for you.
Hearing Solution Options
Once the evaluation and assessment are complete, your hearing healthcare professional at Hear On The Shore will explain your solution options. There are no high pressure sales! However, if it’s determined that hearing aids can help, you’ll get a personalized demonstration of the different instruments that are appropriate for your level of hearing loss as well as your preferences for size, color and features.