What Goes on During an Audiology Appointment?
Going to your first audiology appointment can be scary, but it should not be! Audiologists are highly trained professionals who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing issues related to hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders (The Hearing Center). They vary from regular physicians to Otolaryngologists, also known as ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctors, so you can expect your appointment to different than what you expect.
When you first get to your appointment, your audiology will look at and address your medical history. This will notify your audiologist if there are any red flags they need to be aware of like if you have a family history of hearing loss. The audiologist will also take into account any problems you, as a patient, are having.
Next, based on the results, the audiologist will decide what tests to run. The most common tests are:
- Otoscopy: the audiologist will look in your ear canal with an ‘otoscope’ and magnifying penlight. He will be checking for ear wax, blockages, or any problems with your ear canal or eardrum.
- Tympanometry: this will test your middle ear function. The audiologist will be looking to see how well your eardrum responds to light pressure. The test can detect anything that would inhibit motion of the eardrum like fluid, infection, or Eustachian tube dysfunction.
- Audiometry: this test really consists of two types: air conduction and bone conduction testing. You will be in a soundproof booth or room and will be asked to raise your hand or push a button when you hear sounds. (The Hearing Center)
It is good to be familiar with the different test because you need to know what you are participating in and what the purpose of each one is. After the results of the hearing tests have been looked over, the audiologist will determine what needs to happen next. In some cases, an audiologist might send you to an ENT doctor if they feel that you need additional medical help that he/she cannot provide. Your audiologist might be able to dispense hearing aids for you if needed.
Now that you know a little more about how your appointment will go, do not be afraid! Schedule an appointment with us today to get your hearing checked: Click here!