Hearing Evaluations

Quincy Audiology follows “best practice” protocols for hearing evaluations and hearing aid evaluations. This is what you can expect from our audiologists:

 
 
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Initial Interview

We want to get to know you and understand what difficulties you are experiencing. We’ll ask questions that will help us determine what might have affected your hearing and what could possibly affect your hearing in the future. We’ll also want to explore what your listening needs are and how your physical and emotional well-being might be impacted.

Typical questions include:

  • When type of difficulties are you experiencing?

  • Do you experience tinnitus?

  • Have you experienced sudden changes in hearing?

  • Do you have a history of exposure to loud sounds, ear surgery, inherited hearing problems, or ear infections?

  • What are your priority situations for hearing better?


Inspection of the ears

After the interview, we’ll perform an otoscopic inspection of the outer-ear ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum). We’ll determine if an obstruction exists and any abnormality that needs to be addressed by a physician. Most wax obstructions or foreign objects in the ear canal can be managed right in our clinic.


Hearing evaluation

Once we know the ear canals are not obstructed, we’ll proceed on with the audiological evaluation. We’ll start with tests of the eardrum and middle-ear system called a tympanogram and acoustic reflexes. This let’s us know if the conductive part of your hearing is normal. We’ll then go into a soundbooth, place earphones in the ears and determine hearing sensitivity for pure-tones and speech and determine discomfort levels for loud sounds. Next, we’ll perform speech tests to determine how well you can understand in quiet and in noise.


Review of test results and discussion about treatment options

After completing the evaluation, we’ll discuss the test results with you and make sure you understand the status of your hearing system. We’ll discuss the impact of your hearing pattern on your ability to communicate in the situations that are important to you, and we’ll discuss options to help compensate for hearing loss and the specific difficulties you are experiencing.

Some options might include:

Hearing Aids
Amplification with hearing aids is a very common treatment solution and can provide significant improvements in hearing and quality of life.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive devices can be used to enhance hearing and assist a person with hearing loss to overcome noise, distance, and reverberation. ALDs include alerting systems, media devices (e.g. television), and amplified and captioned telephones.

Surgery & Implants
At times, hearing aids may not be appropriate for more severe hearing losses and surgical options may be beneficial to improve your hearing and help you understand speech more clearly.

A few examples of surgical options include:

  • Cochlear Implants

  • Middle Ear Implants

  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems

To schedule a hearing test in Quincy, IL, please contact us or call (217) 223-0204.