A hearing test is a non-invasive, rather simple procedure. The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length, but you should also allow for time to discuss the test results with the audiologist and ask questions.
Before your appointment, a complete medical history will be completed. The audiologist will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. Your audiologist will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment.
The audiologist will use an otoscope to look into your ear to check for anything that might affect hearing evaluation results or require referral to your physician. Several tests may be performed, including an audiogram, which measures how well you can hear soft tones at different pitches, and speech testing, which measures how well you can hear and understand speech in both quiet and background noise. All testing is performed in a sound-treated room with equipment that has been calibrated to national standards.