Going to the doctor is never fun. Usually, when you head to the doctor, something is wrong, such as you’re not feeling good, your stomach hurts, or you’re bleeding from an accident. The same can be said for when you decide to visit an audiologist, especially if you suspect you may be suffering from some sort of hearing loss. Platinum Hearing Aids is your Michigan hearing aid specialist. We offer advanced hearing aid technology so you can hear better. From help with tinnitus and hearing protection to diagnosing and treating hearing loss, we can help. Below, we’ll go over what you can expect at an audiology consultation. Contact us today to schedule a hearing appointment!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT AN AUDIOLOGIST CONSULTATIONAs you probably know, an audiologist specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing a variety of problems and conditions that have to do with the ear, including hearing, tinnitus (ringing noises in the ear), and balance disorders. To be an audiologist, you have to have at least a master’s degree and most have a Doctor of Audiology, which is the equivalent of a PhD. They are here to help you with any problems you may be having.
Collecting InformationThe first thing your audiologist will do is collect a bunch of background information on you. This not only includes history associated with your ears, but it will include a full medical history as well. This will help your audiologist perhaps narrow down what to look for if you are suffering from some sort of hearing disorder or condition.
Hearing TestsNext, your hearing itself will be evaluated through various types of tests. In audiology, there are three types of tests:
- Otoscopy. In this audiology test, the doctor will be looking for any obstruction in your ear canal, such as earwax, or any problem with your ear canal. They will use an instrument known as the otoscope.
- Tympanometry. In this audiology test, light pressure will be applied to your eardrum to see how it responds. The purpose of this test is to detect proper motion, such as fluid, infection, or Eustrachian tube dysfunction.
- Audiometry. In this audiology test, the doctor will measure the range of sounds you can hear, similar to an eye exam to see how small of print you can read. This tests air conduction and bone conduction, which are the two ways you hear sound.