If you are having hearing problems, you may need a hearing aid. To find that out, you are going to have to find out if you need to have a hearing aid or if you just need to have the wax cleared out of your ear canals. So, what is an audiologist going to do when they are testing your hearing?
The first thing that the audiologist is going to do is a physical exam. They are going to examine the structures in your ear to make sure that there isn't any damage to your ear and that your ear canal isn't full of wax or other debris. The audiologist is going to look for things like damaged or perforated eardrums, if the eardrum is inflamed or bulging, and if there are any other abnormalities that may be affecting your hearing. Once they have ruled out any physical issues and cleaned out your ear, if necessary, then it's time to go on to the next part of the test.
When it comes to testing, there are going to be a few things that you are going to have to do. One of the tests involves you sitting in a room that is soundproofed and is padded so that it doesn't produce any echoes. It will sound sort of weird when you go in there and sit because you are used to hearing those little echoes and all of that background noise.
Once you are in that room with the door firmly shut and wearing headphones, the audiologist will start the testing. The test done in this room will involve several parts. In one part of the testing, the audiologist will play a series of tones. Those tones will vary in pitch and as to what side they are being played on. The audiologist will ask you to raise your hand on whichever side you hear the sound. If you hear it on your right side, then you would raise your right hand. If you hear it in both ears, then you would raise both hands. That will let the audiologist know if you are having problems hearing any particular pitch or with one ear altogether.
After all the testing is done, the audiologist may suggest that you get a hearing aid and can help fit you with one that will work with you. For more information, contact a center such as County Hearing And Balance.