Our hearing tests are for more than just determining if you need a hearing aid. Proper hearing evaluations can only be performed by a licensed audiologist. Each test provides insight into the type and degree of hearing loss you have experienced. It is one of the most important components of a hearing aid fitting, as it helps us determine which type of hearing aid will best suit your needs and health.
About Our Practice
Family Hearing Practice is based in Flower Mound, TX, and welcomes patients from across the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. As a full-service audiological office, our doctor and team provide complete hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, custom earplug fittings, and more. Our practice is centered around helping patients enhance their hearing capabilities and improve their quality of life.
Hearing Tests for Adults
Are you experiencing difficulty hearing? Do you feel fullness in your ears, ringing, or dizziness? If you are, it may be time to visit our practice for a hearing test. This evaluation is used to determine if there is any hearing loss and to identify if it is medically treatable or if it needs to be treated with hearing aids.
During your hearing evaluation we perform the following tests:
Speech Recognition Threshold
During this exam, you will be asked to repeat some two-syllable words as they decrease in volume. The goal of this test is to find the softest sound at which you can understand speech. Don’t become frustrated — it’s okay to guess!
Word Recognition Score
During this test, I will have you repeat words at a comfortably loud level. The words will begin with a carrier phrase “say the word.” This test reveals whether you can understand the words if I make them loud enough. Patients who have a high word recognition score will do well with hearing aids as the increase in volume allows them to understand speech very well.
After completing each portion of the test, we will discuss the next treatment step. For patients with a medically treatable condition, it is best to see an ear, nose, and throat physician. If no medical condition is present, we will schedule a hearing aid consultation with you. During this appointment, we will discuss your hearing aid options and help you determine which type best fits your needs.
Hearing Tests for Children
Children are typically referred to our practice for a hearing test after a failed hearing screening, delay in speech, or possible ear infections. By conducting a hearing test, we can rule out any permanent hearing loss and determine if medical treatment is necessary or if your child would benefit from hearing aids.
During your child’s hearing evaluation we use the following tests:
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
Sound Booth Testing
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
Conditioning Play Audiometry
For children over the age of six, we can typically complete an adult hearing test. After analyzing the results, we will provide you with counsel on the best course of treatment for your child. In some cases, a medical condition exists and it best to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor. For children who have hearing loss, we may refer you for further testing to confirm the hearing loss prior to scheduling a hearing aid consultation.