Hearing Test Services for the Peoria, IL, Area


So What Happens During a Hearing Test Anyway?

When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by Pam, our office manager, and asked to sign our HIPAA privacy statement as required by law. She will also verify your insurance.
As your exam begins, Trude will obtain pertinent background information, such as your hearing concerns, situations in which you experience difficulty hearing, and medical information related to your hearing.
The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a soundproof booth. The audiologist will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or "threshold" at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to raise your hand.
Woman testing hearing - Audiologist in Peoria, IL
Audiogram Being Marked - Audiologist in Peoria, IL
Next is speech testing in which you will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can not only detect, but understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test. This test will determine how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.
The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram which will be reviewed with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to understand. Your audiologist will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.