Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation

If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that your hearing needs to be further examined. A diagnostic audiologic evaluation will determine the function of the middle-ear (the muscles and the bones in the middle-ear), the hearing acuity at several frequencies and the ability for person to repeat words. These various tests will determine the degree of hearing loss, the type of hearing loss and will also establish if the hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural (inner ear problem or an issue with the auditory nerve and central auditory pathways).

The specific tests done during the evaluation will depend on the patient's age, symptoms and medical history.

Visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry for children

For children, it is important to have a diagnostic hearing evaluation whenever a hearing loss is suspected. It is the first step in identifying hearing loss and developing a treatment plan to improve academic and social success.

Along with the evaluation, you should generally expect to have time to review the results with the audiologist. They can interpret the tests for you, answer your questions, provide you with information and referrals as needed, as well as begin planning for treatment, if indicated.

The evaluation will last about 30-40 minutes in length. You should also allow time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results and ask questions.

It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.