Are you considering seeing your doctor about scheduling a hearing test? If so, then you are probably somewhat nervous and unsure about what comes next. In general, there are a few things that generally take place both before and during the testing process. Knowing what these are and understanding how the testing process works will help you know what to expect as you get ready for your testing day.
Before your hearing test ever takes place, you will meet with your doctor to discuss whatever problems you might be experiencing. At this point, you will describe the various issues are that led you to schedule the appointment in the first place. Be sure to be very specific during this discussion so that your doctor has a clear idea as to what, precisely, you are experiencing. The more information he or she has the better care you will receive. It is also important for you to come prepared with a list of questions that you might have. If there is anything that you would like more information about, anything at all, the consultation is your opportunity to find it out.
When you have your hearing test, it will likely begin with a sound exam. During this exam, the doctor will fit you with a pair of headphones that emit tones at various frequencies. The doctor will then ask you whether or not you hear the tones and how high or low a pitch they seem to you. This will allow the doctor to gain an understanding of how your ears are processing the sounds that they receive.
After the sound exam, the next step in the hearing test is a physical exam. Your doctor will examine the physical features of your ears in order to determine whether any physical abnormalities may be contributing to your auditory problems. If your doctor finds any physical issues, she will likely prescribe other tests in order to determine the extent to which these are hindering your auditory capabilities.
After the hearing test is over, your doctor should be able to give you a comprehensive diagnosis as to the cause of the problems that you are experiencing. Be sure to ask lots of questions during your post-exam meeting with your doctor so that you can be sure to get as much information as possible about your various treatment options. At this point, information is your largest asset as you continue on your journey towards better hearing.