What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

In Hearing Test by Dr. Ross Cushing

Getting a hearing test can be a nerve-wracking prospect. It’s unfamiliar, and we don’t think about our hearing until it’s too late. But there’s no reason to be nervous! A hearing test is easy and painless, takes only a few minutes, and will give you a better understanding of the health of your ears. 

Hearing tests are essential because they can identify hearing loss before it becomes a problem. If you’re experiencing any kind of hearing loss, whether mild or severe, you should have your hearing tested. Hearing tests can also help determine the cause of your hearing loss and give you information about what kind of treatment will work best for you.

So read on for everything you need to know before getting your first (or next) hearing test.


Our hearing professional will ask you questions about your hearing, medical history, lifestyle, and occupation. The questions are designed to determine what type of hearing treatment would be best for you. 

Your health history is an essential factor in determining the cause of your hearing loss, so it’s critical to mention any potential causes during your appointment. If you have recently suffered a head injury or experienced ear infections, tell the doctor about this.

Ear examination

An ear examination is a thorough test of the ear. It can help diagnose conditions such as ear infections and hearing loss.

You’ll be asked to lie on an examination table with your head slightly tilted backward. We will then use a small device called an otoscope to look inside your ears. This will show how well your eardrums are vibrating and how much wax is present. We will also look for any signs of infection or other conditions interfering with your ability to hear well.

Hearing tests

The pure tone test measures how well you hear high-pitched sounds, low-pitched sounds, and sounds in the middle range. It also measures how well you hear sounds at different frequencies and situations. For instance, if you have a hearing loss (which means your ears are not working as well as they should), it is essential to know if your hearing loss affects all frequencies equally or whether there are specific frequencies more affected than others. Hearing aids can be programmed to compensate for these differences.

A speech recognition test measures your ability to understand speech in different environments and situations. This part measures how well someone can understand speech when multiple people are talking at once or in noisy environments like restaurants or bars (which is essential if someone needs help understanding what others are saying). 

Reviewing your hearing test results

At the end of your hearing test, you will be given a copy of your results displayed in an audiogram. The word “audiogram” refers to a special graph that audiologists use to show the results of a pure-tone hearing test. Your audiogram will tell audiologists and other hearing experts exactly what kind, how bad, and how your hearing loss is set up. With an audiogram, we can see on paper if your hearing loss follows any patterns.

Make sure that you review these carefully to understand what they mean. If there are any issues or concerns, do not hesitate to speak with us.

Depending on whether you have mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, there are different things you can do to improve your hearing.

If you are struggling with the treatment for a specific condition (such as tinnitus), this may warrant further investigation by an ear doctor or other medical professional.

In the United States, most doctors don’t routinely test for hearing problems unless a patient complains about it. The American Academy of Audiology recommends that all adults over age 45 get their hearing tested at least once every three years. If you have a family history of hearing loss or have experienced significant noise exposure (like working around loud machinery), contact us today to set up an appointment!