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Hearing Test FAQs

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Whether you suspect that there is a problem with your hearing or just want to establish a baseline, booking an appointment with the audiologist is vital. Before your first hearing test, though, you will likely have a number of questions running around your mind. Finding the answers before you enter the appointment is highly advised.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with the answers that you need to know.

Do hearing tests hurt?

Short answer: No

Hearing tests are not painful, and there will be no lasting damage or irritation sustained from the various examinations and inspections.

How long do hearing tests last?

It can vary.

As a rule of thumb, a thorough hearing test lasts approximately 30 minutes. After testing is complete, the audiologist will discuss your test results in detail and answer any questions you may have.  Should hearing devices be recommended, options appropriate for your needs will be discussed and a recommendation will be made.  If hearing devices are fit the same day, the entire visit is typically 90 minutes.

Better still, you’ll learn the results immediately.

What examinations are used during the hearing test?

Again, this can vary.

Several factors will affect your hearing profile. If hearing loss is detected, the audiologist will use a number of different tests to find out the source and severity of the issue. An advanced hearing test is comprised of: speech testing and pure tone testing to determine what sounds you can hear well and how you process speech, Middle ear testing may also be performed to ensure there is no fluid or pressure behind the ear drum, hindering your hearing abilities.  

Will I need hearing aids?

If hearing loss is detected, options for hearing solutions will be given that best meet your needs.

Of the 50 million+ Americans suffering from hearing loss, it’s safe to say that the vast majority can benefit from hearing aids. They can restore a sense of normality by boosting your hearing profile while also connecting to other devices to make your daily life a little more comfortable. It can help with tinnitus and balance issues too.

The type of hearing aid selected will depend largely on the severity of hearing loss, your lifestyle, your preferences, and your budget.

What are the types of hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be defined as one of four categories.

They are mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Meanwhile, there can be a sudden hearing loss or a gradual hearing loss. The audiologist will explain the type of hearing loss you have, what to expect with this type of loss, and what can be done to improve your hearing because of the loss.  With the help of your audiologist, you can minimize the challenges related to your hearing loss and focus on a hearing solution.

Will I get hearing aids right away?

After a hearing loss is identified, patients can immediately experience better hearing in our office by demonstrating hearing devices.  A Communication Needs Assessment will be performed using the results of the hearing test, along with feedback and input from the patient.  Options appropriate for the hearing loss will be discussed and a recommendation will be made that best suites the needs of the patient.  Allison Audiology has a wide selection of hearing aids from many different manufacturers.  In many cases, patients can leave their appointment with new hearing devices on the same day as their hearing test. 

There’s no better than now to start hearing your best!

Does medical insurance cover hearing tests?

The answer is sometimes.

Hearing tests should be considered an investment into your health. The average appointment, including an advanced hearing test, discussion of test results, and Communication Needs Assessment typically costs less than a dinner with your spouse. 

Coverage for hearing tests and hearing aids can vary.  Some plans cover the test and possibly a portion of the hearing aids.  To determine if you have coverage, we suggest you contact our Allison Audiology offices in Houston and Lake Jackson to have your benefits verified.  Our team will contact your insurance carrier and find out if you have coverage for hearing services.  Once coverage is determined, one of our team members will explain your coverage and go over what the next best step is for you.

What can I do to prepare for the hearing test?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for your hearing test. You can relax knowing you are in the hands of the experts at Allison Audiology. 

Over 20 years ago, Allison Audiology was founded in West Houston on the premise of providing exceptional hearing care services with advanced technology to those in our area.  Since that time, residents from Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond, Cypress, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and from countries as far as Mexico, Nigeria, and Panama frequent our office.  Allison Audiology has proudly served patients like yourself for over two decades and will continue to be here, serving the future needs of our patients. 

Where can I book my hearing test?

At Allison Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, P.C. You may contact our offices directly or for your convenience, you may schedule online at www.allisonaudiology.com. Both our Houston and Lake Jackson offices are ready to assist with your hearing needs today.

Our audiologists have the skills, knowledge, and experience to provide world-class hearing tests and recommendations. You’re in excellent hands.

Contact our Lake Jackson audiologists at 979-292-8501 or Houston at 713-827-1767.

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