What to expect at your hearing test

by | Jul 2, 2018 | Hearing Health, Hearing Test, Patient Resources

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you feel prepared and confident about your appointment

If you are preparing for your first hearing screen with us here at Allison Audiology, you may have some questions. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you feel prepared and confident about your appointment.

What does it actually involve?

To put it simply, we need to check the sounds you are able to hear through a series of completely non-invasive tests. These sounds can be different types of speech, music, or other everyday sounds. We also check there is no build-up of earwax as that can sometimes be an issue.

Will somebody be poking around in my ear?

We do have small inserts that we need to use to check your ears, but they exert the tiniest bit of pressure. In fact, it is no different to that small change you get when you fly on an airplane or go up in an elevator.

Does it hurt?

The hearing test process is pain-free. Our audiologists are highly trained and know exactly how the human ear works. We know which bits are sensitive and how to ensure that your experience doesn’t hurt one bit.

Where does it take place?

You’ll arrive at our friendly clinic and when it’s time for your appointment, you’ll be taken to sit in a tall chair so we can easily access your ears. A few initial tests will take place here, and after that, it’s off to the sound booth, just like the ones you see musicians use in music videos, for some other tests.

Does it take a long time?

Not long at all. In fact, at our office, we have a tagline: “it takes less time to have your hearing tested than it does to have lunch”. It’s a short appointment, but we manage to get plenty done.

And what will we find out?

The tests give two base level results, meaning we are able to work out where any issues stem from and the solutions available to you. We will sit and go through your personal requirements and your options.

If you have any other questions or concerns ahead of your hearing test, our friendly team here at Allison Audiology would be more than happy to put your mind at rest.

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Jana Emola-Austin, Au.D.

Raised in Bryan, Texas, Jana completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before attending the University of North Texas with an ambition to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology. However, a required audiology class soon set her on a new career path. She became enthralled with the subject and says audiology resonated with her because it involved everything she enjoys – helping people to improve their lives and relationships with others and using technology to make positive impacts. Following this revelation, Jana went on to graduate with her Doctor of Audiology degree. After many years of assisting patients in the clinic on a daily basis, Jana’s main responsibilities at Allison Audiology have shifted to a management role. She now works behind the scenes focusing on administrative, management, and marketing responsibilities.