See a hearing care professional
if you thing that you may have a hearing loss. If you are worried that you may not hear or understand everything the professional says then it may also be helpful to bring a friend or relative along with you.
Most hearing professionals begin the examination by chatting about hearing issues. The professional will need to know your medical history, when you first noticed a hearing loss, any previous exposure to loud sounds, and to what extent you experience hearing loss in your daily life. This information will be used to understand how the loss developed and which treatment is best for you.
A hearing professional will examine your ears using a lighted probe called an otoscope
to look for any physical ear problems. This is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
Standard hearing examinations also include audiometric testing, or tests that physically measure the level of hearing loss. You will be asked to sit in a specially-designed audio booth and listen to a series of tones that are sent via headphones. You will then indicate which sounds you can and can’t hear, and results will be plotted into an audiogram. The hearing professional will use this data to measure hearing loss and to find the appropriate hearing device for your type and level of hearing loss.