At some point or another, many people will need to speak to an audiologist and arrange a hearing test. A hearing test is used to determine whether there is an issue with your hearing and what’s causing it. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about getting a hearing test.

How long does it last?

A hearing test will last about one hour. That may seem like a long time, but there is quite a lot to get through. It will start with an ask-and-answer session where the audiologist will ask you questions about your hearing. This can take between ten and twenty minutes because it typically involves listening to sounds through headphones and saying whether or not you can hear them. After that, there are other parts of the test such as a Real Ear Measurement.

When do I need a hearing test?

You should get a hearing test if you notice any changes to your hearing and it doesn’t return to normal after a couple of days. This could mean that you can no longer hear properly or that you can hear a constant/recurring ringing in your ear. You may also find that someone else has noticed an issue with your hearing. For instance, your partner may have noticed that you constantly ask them to repeat what they are saying.

Is It Intrusive?

There are intrusive aspects of a hearing test. During the test, the audiologist will insert both a microphone and a camera into your ear and down the ear canal. While this will feel weird, it won’t hurt because the camera and mic are so small. It’s actually quite an interesting experience as you will typically be able to view the footage that the camera is recording. This is the only part of the hearing test that is intrusive, and some people may find it uncomfortable.

Will I receive my hearing aids on the same day?

You may find that at the end of the hearing test, the audiologist recommends that you get hearing aids. In some cases, you may be able to get the hearing aids then and there, but this is not always the case. Instead, it can take a few weeks for the hearing aids to be available. During this time your audiologist may provide you with a temporary pair. If you are going to get hearing aids, then you will need to complete more tests including a real ear measurement. This measures the amplification of your ear to make sure the hearing aids are set correctly for you.

What Information will I receive?

You may want to take notes during a hearing test as an audiologist will typically provide you with a lot of information. This will include what type of hearing loss you are suffering from, treatment options and how it is affecting your hearing. For instance, they may alert you that you will have difficulty hearing high-pitched noises. If you are getting hearing aids, your audiologist will also discuss the type of features available and ensure that you are able to make an informed decision.