To evaluate your hearing, there are different hearing tests that can be used to check hearing ability and causes of any hearing loss. Tests include physical exams, general screening tests, tuning fork tests and audiometer tests.
During a physical exam, a doctor will be able to see any structural causes of hearing problems. They will also look into your ear for possible causes of loss such as earwax or inflammation. A general screening test will gauge how well you hear words spoken at various volumes or other sounds by covering one ear at a time.
Tuning forks are metal instruments that produce sound when struck. Like a general screening test, sound from a tuning fork will help detect hearing loss. It may also determine if hearing problems are caused by damage to the vibrating parts of your middle ear or damage to the sensors and nerves of your ear.
An audiologist may conduct more advanced screening through audiometer tests. Wearing earphones, you will be asked to respond to sounds directed to one ear at a time.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, it should be evaluated by an audiologist. Please contact The Hearing Place at (605) 217-4327 to schedule an appointment.