Question: What should I expect from the testing procedure?
Answer: Initially, the interview process allows the doctor of audiology to gather medical history and make connections to present hearing involvement. Ear-related symptoms are reviewed and family history is studied. Specific listening environments are discussed to establish areas of hearing difficulty. The everyday lifestyle of the patient is reviewed to understand the amount of background noise and activity level they live in daily. Hearing testing in our large sound booth allows the audiologist to measure precise hearing ability. This procedure enables the doctor to make a strong recommendation. The patient is educated about the process of hearing and exactly where within the ear the breakdown occurs. Realistic expectations are reviewed, with recommendations to support the family and the patient for improved communication. We develop personal relationships for a lifetime of personal care.