Get a Hearing Test in Nanaimo
Do you have difficulty hearing in most situations? Do you turn up the TV or radio to loud levels? Do you believe you might be experiencing hearing loss? Our hearing tests provide a full assessment of the state of your hearing.
Did you know that it is recommended to get your hearing evaluated on a yearly basis? It is important to make sure that hearing loss isn’t developing or getting worse overtime. Hearing can change slowly over time making it difficult to notice when your hearing goes and it is often people around you who notice first.
Online Hearing Test
If you think you have hearing loss, but you aren’t sure if you want to book an appointment at a hearing clinic, you can always try a free online hearing test. Taking an online hearing test is a great way to give you a better idea if you have hearing loss. They usually only require a few minutes of your time, and a pair of headphones connected to your computer. It is not as accurate as a full hearing test, but it will be able to tell you if you show clear signs of hearing loss. It is recommended that you visit the clinic for a full assessment of your hearing health and they can guide you on what to do after taking the test.
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How It Works
Hearing or Audiometry tests can detect if you have sensorineural, conductive or mixed hearing loss. During the hearing evaluation, we may perform multiple types of hearing tests to get the best idea of your hearing loss. Some of the hearing tests may include the following:
Pure Tone Hearing Test
Pure Tone Testing is also called Air Conduction Testing since it goes through the outer and middle ear. You will sit in a sound booth and listen to sounds through headphones and indicate to the audiologist if you hear the sound. It measures the softest sound that the person can hear.
Bone Conduction Hearing Test
The Bone Conduction test is commonly done when ear wax or fluid is blocking the outer or middle ear. The audiologist will place a small device behind your ear and send sounds to the device causing your skull to gently vibrate in order to tell how well you can hear.
Acoustic Reflex Hearing Test
The Acoustic Reflex Test monitors the reflex that occurs in response to loud sounds. The test can help check for particular types of hearing loss related to how well your acoustic reflex still responds to these types of sound.
Tympanometry is used to test the condition of the middle ear and the mobility of the eardrum. The test can help determine if you have fluid in the ear, a middle ear infection, a tear in the eardrum, or a problem with the eustachian tube.
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Standardized Speech Test
The audiologist will say words to you through headphones and ask you to repeat the words. They will record the softest and sometimes the loudest speech you hear. The purpose of this test is to assess your word recognition that may happen in a quiet or noisy environment.
What is an Audiogram?
The results of the hearing test are recorded on a chart which is called an audiogram. The chart shows the pitches and the loudness which tells us how loud a sound must be to be heard at different pitches. The audiologist can use the audiogram to identify the degree of hearing loss and the type of hearing loss for the individual in each ear.
Tinnitus is a hearing disorder characterized by hearing ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears. It can be a major annoyance, depending on the severity and the effects it can cause in your life. There are different tests that can be done to try to find out what the underlying condition is causing the tinnitus for the individual.
We can discuss with you the different steps you can take to help reduce the severity of your tinnitus or to help you cope with the noise such as masking devices and therapy.