At HearingLife, we take the time to get to know each first-time visitor. The initial conversation will address your concerns about hearing and relevant medical history. Then our hearing care professionals will inspect your ears, check for earwax (known as cerumen) and for any foreign objects that might be blocking your ear canal and could lead to conductive hearing loss. We will also look for damage to your eardrum(s), infection or other abnormalities. If necessary, we will refer you to a medical doctor, most likely your primary care physician or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, for treatment.
Initially, we will inspect your ears and use various methods to assess* your hearing. You will sit in a soundproof room or sound booth and wear headphones. We will ask you to listen to and respond to various tones, speech sounds and voices. (This is when we will ask your friend or family member to take part in the testing, so we can assess how well you understand a familiar voice).
Your responses will be recorded on an audiogram and the results will help indicate if you have an aidable hearing loss or not. We are happy to answer any questions and fully review your results with you. After that, we can discuss next steps.