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What can you expect at your hearing assessment with Marelie Gous Audiologists at The Hearing Clinic in Silver Lakes, Pretoria East?
we will ask you to complete some paperwork prior to your appointment. You may receive this paperwork by e-mail or WhatsApp as an online link or we will have you complete the paperwork when you get to your appointment. Be thorough when providing information about your medical history, especially if your hearing loss might be associated with another health problem or an injury.
bring a spouse, family member, or friend to the appointment with you. You will receive a great deal of information during your first appointment, and it can be helpful to have another person listening and taking notes.
Your hearing difficulty
may be something as simple as earwax, or it may be a common age-related hearing loss. Either way, you will find out exactly where you stand and what you can do about it.
Your initial hearing test
should take about an hour, but then you’ll have accomplished the most important step on your journey to better hearing!common age-related hearing loss. Either way, you will find out exactly where you stand and what you can do about it.
What to expext from a hearing test appointment
Marelie Gous Audiologists offers comprehensive hearing testing that evaluates how well you hear, what possible cause/s are for your hearing loss as well as your ideal hearing loss solution where applicable. Hearing testing is non-invasive and painless.
These 3 STEPS are followed DURING YOUR HEARING ASSESSMENT:
STEP 1 – THE CONSULTATION
The first step of your hearing test is a consultation in which the audiologist review your medical history and lifestyle factors that may contribute to a hearing issue. We’ll go over your history of medications, as well as ask you about noise exposure risks in your life, such as occupational noise. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can play a role in hearing loss, so we will also review your medical history. We’ll review the issues that bring you in for a hearing exam, including how long you have experienced hearing issues and what impact hearing issues have had on your
life. If tinnitus is a factor in your hearing issue, we will ask you about how it is manifesting in your hearing. Going over your history can help us find the cause of a hearing issue and also decide on the best course of treatment.
STEP 2 – HEARING TEST
You will have a number of tests during your appointment. Each of them is designed to evaluate a different part of your ear and how it functions.
– Physical examination: The audiologist will first take a good look at your ears. She will look into your ear canal to check for problems like a build-up of wax or any damage to your ear canal or eardrum. This can help her to spot any visually obvious problems or underlying conditions which could be causing problems with your hearing and might need treatment.
– Pressure & amp; acoustic reflex test: The next step may include tympanometry, which is designed to check for fluid in the middle ear, the functioning of your eardrum and your retro-cochlear system. It involves changing the pressure inside your ear to see how it reacts. You may also have to listen to loud sounds in order to test your ear’s ability to react to them. To do the test, a probe with a flexible rubber tip is placed in your ear. The pressure changes might feel a little strange, but they shouldn’t hurt. Also, please inform us prior to the test if you are sensitive to loud sounds.
– Pure-tone test: Then pure-tone testing will be done in a soundproofed room and with headphones to establish the lowest volumes you can hear at different frequencies (the highness or lowness of tones). Tones will be played into your ears at different pitches and volumes and you will be asked to press a button each time you hear the sound. The results will be mapped on a graph, called an audiogram, that you will review later.
– Bone conduction test: During a bone conduction test, a small probe is placed behind your ear. It vibrates to test how well sound conducted through the bone is detected by your ear. As with the pure-tone test, you will be asked to press a button when you hear a tone. One of the things this test does is help to pinpoint where in the ear any hearing loss might be occurring.
– Speech test: Being able to understand speech is one of the most important things for people who have hearing loss. It can be difficult to understand people speaking, especially in environments with lots of background noise. A speech test helps to determine how well you can recognize spoken words to pick up on hearing loss and make it easier to find the right solutions.
STEP 3 – DISCUSSION OF YOUR TEST RESULTS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS
After your tests, you will sit down with your audiologist and discuss the results. She will explain to you what they mean, whether you have any hearing loss and what the next steps might be. She might suggest hearing aids or other solutions for hearing loss or to help protect your hearing life. If tinnitus is a factor in your hearing issue, we will ask you about how it is manifesting in your hearing. Going over your history can help us find the cause of a hearing issue and also decide on the best course of treatment.
What is the cost of a hearing test?
The cost of a full diagnostic hearing test
The cost of a full diagnostic hearing test at The Hearing Clinic is R790-00 if paid
privately. We also process medical aid claims, on your behalf, at medical aid rates for hearing services and products. Contact us for more information or to confirm your benefits from your medical aid for hearing tests and other related services/products e.g. hearing aids.