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Hearing Testing

If you are experiencing trouble with your ears, an in-depth hearing test should be performed by an experienced and well-qualified audiologist, such as Dr. Mary Maddock or Dr. Bruce Mock of Wilmington Hearing Specialists. We offer much more than a routine hearing check because our audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat all types of conditions that may affect your hearing.

What to Expect

As your exam begins, one of our audiologists will review your personal information with you and ask you some questions to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.

Next, we will look into your ears using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and visually check for ear wax that may be obstructing the canal.

Pure Tone Hearing Test

The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a soundproof booth. The audiologist will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to push a button.

Speech Test

The next test is the speech test. During this test you will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can not only detect, but understand speech.

Speech-in-Noise Test

And finally, another test that may be conducted is a speech-in-noise test. This test will determine how well you hear in a noisy environment.

The results of your tests will be recorded on a graph called an audiogram. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We will use these results to diagnose the type of hearing loss you have, make treatment recommendations, and determine what type of hearing aid will best meet your needs and lifestyle.

To schedule a detailed hearing screening with Dr. Maddock or Dr. Mock, please request an appointment online or call Wilmington Hearing Specialists in Wilmington and Southport, NC today. Our main office number is (910) 791-4755.