Hearing Evaluations

Hearing Evaluations

We believe that hearing well is living well, and we are committed to improving your quality of life through better hearing. At HearWell Audiology, we’ve been providing a full range of expert hearing health care services and hearing aids to patients in Sonoma, Los Gatos, and San Jose California since 1991.

 

We understand that untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, anxiety, dementia as well as many other conditions. We also understand the isolation you feel when you are unable to be a part of the conversation, when you miss the punch line of a joke, and when you can no longer enjoy the music you once loved. Restoring the joyful parts of your life is our passion.Your communication goals are our communication goals. And the first step in meeting those goals is a hearing evaluation.

 

Our licensed audiologists provide thorough, precise and accurate hearing evaluations to determine the existence, type and severity of your hearing loss.

 

We will begin the assessment by discussing your case history, including questions regarding:

 

  • The reason you scheduled your appointment. What are your concerns? What symptoms are you experiencing?
  • The situations or environments that cause the most difficulty.
  • Your medical history and whether you have family history of hearing loss.
  • Any over-the-counter or prescription medications you’re taking.
  • Your history of exposure to loud sounds.

 

Next, your hearing evaluation will consist of a series of tests, including:

  • Otoscopy – Using an otoscope, the audiologist will examine your ear and ear canals for the presence of debris, impacted earwax, and signs of rupture or infection.
  • Pure-Tone Audiometry – A behavioral test that is used to measure the threshold of sounds that are audible to you in varying frequencies. Each ear is tested separately.
  • Speech audiometry – assesses your ability to detect and understand one and two syllable words.
  • Tympanometry – By creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal, this test examines the condition of the middle ear, the mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) – When the cochlea is stimulated, hair cells vibrate producing an echo back into the middle ear. The absence of echo may indicate damage to the inner ear.

 

What Happens Next?

 

We use the results of your hearing evaluation to indicate the best course of treatment. If we determine that hearing aids are the right solution, we’ll discuss your options and assist you in choosing the right hearing aids to suit your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

 

Discover why patients in Sonoma, Los Gatos and San Jose have been entrusting us with their hearing health. Schedule your hearing evaluation today. We look forward to helping you on your journey to better hearing!