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At Higgins Hearing & Audiology in Traverse City, we’re committed to helping you regain the full joy of hearing. Our experienced and friendly audiologists specialize in comprehensive hearing testing and personalized hearing aid solutions. We believe that everyone deserves to experience life’s beautiful sounds, and we’re here to ensure you do too.
Your First Visit
What to expect during your hearing test.
Don’t be nervous. A hearing evaluation is a painless procedure. We’ll ask a few questions. Take a look inside your ear and perform a battery of tests, explained below in detail. The test will include listening to a series of tones and a list of words. At the completion of the test, we’ll provide you with an explanation of the results and a list of recommendations. The entire
Your Hearing Evaluation
A hearing test is a painless procedure designed to provide us with information about the status your ability to hear. The following are a few of the procedures that might occur during the course of a hearing test. We treat every patient as an individual and as such we will tailor your visit to meet your needs.
We begin the process by asking questions. Your answers to the questions will help us to determine what other questions we may need to ask and which tests we may administer.
2. Otoscopic Examination
An evaluation of the outer ear and ear canal using an instrument called an otoscope will follow the history taking. We’re looking for abnormalities and dysfunction of the outer ear and ear canal.
3. Pure Tone Air Conduction Testing
Sound will be delivered via headphones either placed over your ears or inserted (a soft disposal tip is used) just into your ear canal. You will hear a series of beeps or tones. You will be asked to indicate when you hear the tone sometimes by pressing a button, sometimes by raising your hand. This test will give us an idea of your threshold (the softest sound you can hear) levels for different frequencies (pitches).
4. Pure Tone Bone Conduction Testing
To administer this test, a small device that vibrates will be placed behind one ear at a time. If the hearing levels in both ears are similar this test will usually be done with the vibrator device behind one ear only. The remainder of the test is the same as the pure tone air conduction test.
5. Speech Discrimination Testing
Since it’s important to determine not just how well you hear tones but also how well you’re able to understand the spoken word we administer speech tests. The speech discrimination test is administered at a level that is comfortable for you, not to loud and not too soft. You will hear a series of words. You will be asked to repeat each word back, one at a time.
It’s important for you to ask questions. We’ll also provide you with recommendations some short term and some long term. Our recommendations will also consider the entire picture not just your ears.
And then we sit down with you and explain the results and what it all means because we believe your journey to better hearing should be a partnership with you and your hearing healthcare provider. And we believe that journey should begin by making sure you’re as well informed as possible about your problem and all possible solutions.
Signs of a Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous. Here are a few signs that you might have hearing loss.
Do others complain the TV is too loud?
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?