Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
If you have been referred to Waterville Audiology for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that your hearing needs to be tested to determine the type and severity of any hearing loss that may be present. An audiologic evaluation is done in order to determine the appropriate services and treatment options.
What should I expect during the hearing test evaluation?
There are specific tests that will be done in order to determine the degree of hearing loss, the type of hearing loss, the status of the ear canal and middle ear. The three most common tests that are done during a diagnostic evaluation include pure-tone testing, bone conduction testing, and speech testing.
Otoscopy is performed by the Audiologist looking in your ear with an otoscope. This inspection allows the Audiologist to assess the health of the ear canal, as well as determine the status of the eardrum. Otoscopy also is done to ensure that the ear canal is clear of debris and wax before performing any testing.