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Hearing Test Specialist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. -  - Otolaryngologist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

Otolaryngologists & Audiologists located in Kittery, ME & Stratham, NH

If you have a hard time hearing high-pitched or soft voices, or background noise makes it hard to hear what people say, it’s time to schedule a hearing test. The experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. offers comprehensive hearing services, from thorough hearing tests and treating ear problems affecting your hearing to providing hearing aids and assistive hearing devices. If you’re concerned about your hearing, schedule a hearing test by calling the office in Kittery, Maine, or Stratham, New Hampshire, or book an appointment online today.

Hearing Test Q & A

How does a hearing test differ from a hearing screening?

A hearing screening is a quick, preliminary test to see how well you hear certain sounds. Most people get screenings at school or when they go to their primary care physician for an annual exam.

You either pass or fail a screening. If you fail, you need to schedule a hearing test with an audiologist.

A hearing test is a comprehensive evaluation of your hearing. At the end of a hearing test, you know if you have hearing loss, the type of hearing loss, its severity, the cause of the problem, and treatment options.

When should I get a hearing test?

Infants and children receive regular hearing screenings during well-child visits, at early childhood programs, and once they’re in school. As a general guideline, children should get screenings every few years.

Adults with normal hearing should have a baseline hearing test after the age of 21 to be sure they don’t have signs of problems. Then they should have a hearing test every 10 years until they’re 50. After the age of 50, it’s time to have your hearing checked every three years.

You should always schedule a hearing test any time you or anyone in your family has a hard time hearing. Otherwise, the best way to protect your hearing is to get a recommendation from your provider at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

After they assess all of your risk factors and perform your initial hearing test, they can determine how often you should schedule your hearing tests.

What happens during my hearing test?

Your provider at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. reviews your medical history and talks about any current hearing problems you may have. Then they perform a visual ear exam and hearing tests.

During the ear exam, your audiologist uses an otoscope to examine your outer ear, ear canal, eardrum, and middle ear. As they evaluate the overall health of your ear, they look for signs of problems such as infections, earwax impaction, or a damaged eardrum.

There are many different hearing tests, including:

  • Pure tone audiometry
  • Speech audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • Auditory function tests
  • Bone conduction test
  • Auditory brainstem response
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Electrocochleography
  • Central auditory processing evaluation

Your audiologist starts with the basic hearing tests, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and, in some cases, tympanometry. Then they decide if you need additional specialized tests, depending on the results of your basic testing.

To learn more about hearing tests, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC., or schedule an appointment online today.