Common FAQs About a Hearing Test
You might be worried about your upcoming hearing test. If you have never had a hearing test before, you will not know what to expect, and therefore, you probably have some questions. Well, don’t worry because you aren’t alone here. Many people have questions about their first hearing test. So, let’s look at some of the most frequently asked questions that people have about hearing tests.
Does it take a long time?
It doesn’t take too long, but you are going to want to set aside about an hour of your day for this. This is due to the number of tests that need to be done in your appointment, as well as the results and advice portion. The tests themselves typically take around half an hour to complete and then you need around half an hour to discuss the results and the next steps. You might need some extra time if you need to look at and pick the best hearing aid for you. So, while the test itself doesn’t take all that long, you need to section off some time for what comes after.
What should I bring with me?
Just like going to a doctor, you want to take any health records that you have and make sure that you have bought a list of medications that you are currently taking. Certain medications are damaging to your hearing and if you are taking one of them, your audiologist will want to know why it’s prescribed and can recommend treatment from there.
Additionally, bring a list of all the environments you find it difficult to hear in. With this, you should write down any questions that you have so that you don’t forget to ask them during your appointment.
What tests will happen?
Your audiologist will be performing a number of mini-tests. One of these is going to be the pure-tone test, and you might remember this from when you were a child. During this test, you will be placed in a soundproof room and will wear headphones with different pitches and noises being played through them. This will test which ear you hear each tone. You will then have a speech test, and you might have this in noise, in quiet or both.
There are a few more tests that you might have performed, but not all audiologists will perform every test. They will only perform the tests that are necessary and the three that have been mentioned are almost always included.
Is it going to hurt?
The simple answer is no. The hearing test is not going to hurt you at all. The tests are all sound based and other than the examination at the beginning of the test, you will not have any physical contact during the appointment. So, if you are worried about this, there really is no need.
We hope that this article has answered some of the questions that you have about hearing tests.