What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

People who have hearing problems tend to wait on average seven years before getting their hearing checked.  But as with many medical problems, the earlier you find it, the better chance you have of a positive outcome.  If you wait too long, you may not realize that damage has been done to your overall well-being until it’s too late.

The first step to improving hearing is with a comprehensive hearing test. Our tests are quick, pain-free and non-invasive. Here we give you an overview of what to expect from a hearing exam. 


Initial consultation with Dr. Mendoza


Firstly, we will conduct a case history, asking about your own medical history as well as your family’s. We do this to discover the underlying causes of any hearing loss and the part of the ear that is likely to be damaged.

Your hearing specialist will ask you about your hearing loss and time when it is most pronounced. She will look for any initial causes by asking you about any recent loud noises you have been exposed to.

Dr. Mendoza will then ask you about different situations in your day-to-day where you have struggled with your hearing.  We will use this to build an overall picture of any potential issues.


Physical exam

We will then conduct a physical exam with an otoscope. This non-invasive step uses a stick with a beam of light that we use to see into your ear canal and eardrum.

We’re looking for evidence of any wax build up in your canal, and problems with your eardrum. This will involve a gentle pulling of your ear in a few directions to better observe any potential problems.

The exam is designed to look for anything that might be cause of earache, ear infections or hearing loss. Some suffer from hearing loss due to a wax build up in their ear canal.


Hearing test

The next thing we do is assess your hearing ability.

The first test is called a pure tone assessment. You will be placed in a sound-treated room with headphones. We’ll make you listen to a series of tones at high, middle and low frequencies in different ears. You must then give a signal with the corresponding hand when you are able to hear the tone. The volume of the tones will be lowered until you are unable to hear them.  We then record the results.

After that we will initiate a speech recognition test. You will listen to Dr. Mendoza deliver extracts of speech and be asked to repeat them. Excerpts will be delivered at descending volumes until you cannot understand the speech. This is called your speech recognition threshold (SRT).


Reviewing your audiogram

Following the tests, we will review the results of your audiogram, which is a visual representation of your hearing ability based on the two tests you have taken. For the first test, frequency sounds are measured in hertz (Hz) and the volume at which you can hear them is measured in decibels (dB). Results for both ears will be display so you can compare the two. The results from the second test will be displayed as a percentage.


Discussing treatment options

Following the results we can begin diagnosing the specific problems with your hearing and begin discussing appropriate hearing aid options. Inquiring about the activities you do the most often, we’ll help you choose the best device to suit your lifestyle.

Don’t wait seven years before seeking help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendoza today!


You don’t have to live with untreated hearing loss. Contact us at Optimum Audiology today!

Optimum Audiology, LLC
15247 Eleventh Street, Suite 200
Victorville, CA 92395
(844) 552-HEAR (4327)