Comprehensive Hearing Healthcare Begins with a Comprehensive Evaluation
Before you can begin a journey, you need to know where you’re starting from. Your journey to better hearing health is no different. You have to know where you’re starting from.
A comprehensive hearing evaluation is the first step in that journey or process. And make no mistake, proper hearing healthcare IS a process! But one our staff is ideally suited to assist you with.
Your comprehensive evaluation will begin with a consultation with one of our professional and compassionate audiologists and will include a thorough rundown of our processes, a review of your medical history, a discussion of your hearing loss concerns, and the treatment goals you hope to achieve.
This step provides both parties with a common starting point upon which to set out on the journey together. This is the first step in developing the transparent, trusting relationship necessary for us to work together toward our common goal of your best possible hearing health.
The initial hearing assessment you receive at Berkeley Hearing Center will be the first of many on your lifelong hearing care journey.
We will continue to evaluate your progress and the effectiveness of treatment, regardless of the interventions or treatment options that are pursued.
This ongoing testing is an essential element in providing the five-star hearing healthcare our patients deserve.
Our comprehensive hearing evaluation might include any or all of the following:
- Physical Assessment and Observation of your ears using an otoscope
- Pure-Tone Diagnostic Threshold Testing (using tones of different loudness and pitch)
- Speech Testing (assesses basics of speech perception and understanding in quiet and noise)
- Tympanometry Test (assesses middle ear health and movement of the ear drum using small pressure changes in the ear canal)
- Acoustic Reflex/Reflex Decay Testing (evaluates nerve function by measuring how a tiny muscle in the middle ear reacts to sounds)
Following the comprehensive audiological evaluation, we will provide you with the results, answering questions about what the results mean and how they relate to what you’ve been experiencing.
We will walk you through what the best treatment options are, if any. If the results indicate that medical treatment with amplification (i.e. hearing aids) is indicated, we will assist you through the decision-making process, again answering whatever questions you may have.
This will allow you to make an informed choice about the treatment options (hearing aids & assistive devices) that provide the best fit with your unique circumstances, lifestyle, and budget.
The overarching goal of our team is to provide to you with the highest standard of hearing healthcare available, based on a commitment to best practices.
What Happens at a Hearing Assessment
#1 - Getting to Know You
First, we want to understand the reason you decided to have your hearing evaluated. You may be here because you or your loved ones have noticed changes in your hearing, you may be struggling at meetings, or you are just curious about your hearing status. Whatever the reason, your audiologist at Berkeley Hearing Center wants to know your hearing concerns.
#2 - Examine Your Ears
Using an otoscope, your audiologist will look into your ears to make a quick visual assessment of your ear canals and ear drums. We are looking for any abnormalities, including ear wax, drainage, or foreign bodies.
#3 - Your Hearing Evaluation
The hearing evaluation will be performed in a sound booth using various types of earphones. Your audiologist will present a series of beeps at various frequencies and administer two separate word-based tests. This evaluation allows your audiologist to establish a complete and accurate representation of your hearing abilities.
#4 - Review The Results
Your audiologist will discuss the results of the hearing examination with you. The implications of the hearing evaluation will be explained in detail and it will be determined if you simply need to return for an annual hearing evaluation or if hearing devices are recommended.
Book a Hearing Assessment
If you are straining to hear conversations, have become dependent on turning up the volume, or have difficulty understanding others when there is background noise, you could be suffering from a hearing loss.
There is no better time than today to start your journey to comprehensive hearing care by using our form to book a hearing assessment.