What to expect during your hearing test?
The hearing tests I perform in my Galway based practice are painless and non-invasive and are designed to measure your ability to hear different sounds, pitches, and frequencies.
Firstly I focus on your medical case history by asking questions about your general health including hearing health and how you feel you are hearing.
I then examine your ear canal and use an otoscopic camera to display a clear photograph of your ear drum before I do the audiometric assessment.
I discuss, with you, your everyday listening environments to ascertain where and why you are having difficulty hearing. I will then continue onto the audiometric test by presenting to you, through a set of headphones, a range of calibrated sounds.
The audiometer produces sounds and tones of various levels and frequencies, which are transmitted to each individual ear. I will chart the loudness on the audiogram which is a graphical representation of how well your ear responds to different levels of frequencies. You will be asked to raise your hand or press a button whenever you hear sound being sent to your ears. I will record all the information received and analyse it. The extent of your hearing loss is based on the frequencies you could and could not hear.