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How much does a hearing test cost?
There is no set cost for a hearing test and, depending on your insurance coverage, they can be free (or the cost of co-pay). If you do not have insurance and are paying out of pocket, you can reasonably expect to pay a minimum of $150--which is about the minimum rate a doctor or audiologist will charge for a basic office visit. Make sure to consult your policy and/or insurance provider for coverage details, and call your doctor or audiologist to get firm quotes.
How is hearing loss diagnosed?
There are ways to determine hearing loss. A basic physical exam is usually the first step. Hearing issues can be as simple as wax buildup in the ear. Next, the doctor might do a general screening test, covering one ear at a time to see how the patient respond to sounds. Next steps could include a hearing test with an audiometer--a device that measures the hearing threshold of each ear--or a tuning forks, a two pronged instrument used to produce sounds. These methods in concert can lead to a diagnosis.
An audiometer is the primary device used in a hearing test. Audiometers evaluate the hearing thresholds of the patient to diagnose the level and severity of hearing loss. The audiometer machine transmits sounds through earphones and into each ear, at varying levels and frequency. The patient reacts to the sounds (or doesn’t). Those results are the basis of the hearing test.
What is impedance audiometry test?
An impedance audiometry test is designed to determine the state of the tympanic membrane (the eardrum) and the middle ear through a process called tympanometry (hearing test).
How long does a hearing test take?
A standard hearing test should take about 10 minutes--allowing five minutes per ear. The entire ear exam will take longer.
What is a pure tone audiometry test?
A pure tone audiometry test is the most essential hearing test in which the person’s hearing thresholds of each ear are identified. This allows a proper diagnose as to the degree and type of hearing loss in each of the test subject’s ears.
What type of training is needed to conduct a hearing test?
Hearing tests are conducted by audiologists, who must be licensed, certified, and have a PhD or an AuD degree, which is a doctoral program.
How is a hearing test conducted?
To conduct a hearing test (audiometry test), first the patient is fitted with earphones that are connected to a testing device called an audiometer. One ear at a time, the patient will be subjected to a range of sounds measured in decibels. Word recognition might also be part of the test, which determines a patient's ability to differentiate speech from background. Tympanometry tests may also be used to detect things like fluid and/or wax buildup, tumors, and perforated eardrums.
What does a hearing test reveal?
A hearing test (audiometric) reveals a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches, and frequencies. Hearing tests, which are part of a larger test of the ears, can determine how much, if any, hearing loss has occurred. Standard hearing tests cannot identify and diagnose all ear and hearing conditions. There is a difference between a standard screening and a full scale evaluation, so discuss with your doctor or audiologist prior to the procedure.
How is hearing loss diagnosed?
Hearing loss is diagnosed using a multipronged approach. The ear care specialist will interview you regarding your medical history. The specialist will also observe your behavior, and take note of things that may indicate a hearing problem. Finally, you will be given examinations that are designed to help provide a clear and accurate assessment of your hearing.