The licensed audiologist or hearing aid specialist will then conduct a formal exam with an otoscope, performing a thorough inspection of the ear canal to check for any obstructions or other signs of damage. Following the exam, the client will then undergo various hearing tests, designed to determine the nature and level of their hearing loss as well as ability to comprehend speech. Hearing tests include: audiograms, which measure hearing loss by frequency; tympanograms, using varying levels of air pressure to detect disorders in the middle ear; and speech assessment, measuring hearing and comprehension of conversations at different volumes.
Upon evaluation of the results, the hearing aid specialist will discuss the client specific treatment options available to provide the best possible hearing loss solutions. In most cases, hearing aids or instruments will be the primary solution, and the expert advice on finding the right fit, style and technology options to suit lifestyle needs will ensure optimal results.