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What Happens During a Hearing Test?

What Happens During a Hearing Test?

A hearing “test” actually includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds such as tones and speech. Hearing tests are conducted by state-licensed practitioners in special sound booths or extremely quiet rooms. Generally, hearing tests result in one of two outcomes: normal hearing or some degree of hearing loss. A baseline hearing screening is recommended at around age 50, unless you’re experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner. Recent studies indicate that the earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the slower it progresses. And conversely, if hearing loss goes undiagnosed, it can worsen more quickly than necessary. Because hearing loss often appears gradually, you may be unaware of its onset-so don’t put off your initial hearing screening!

Hearing History

A hearing test usually begins with questions pertaining to your overall health and your hearing history. Typical questions about your hearing may include:

  • Have you noticed difficulty hearing?
  • Did the problem come on suddenly or gradually?
  • Is there hearing loss in your family?
  • Are one or two ears affected?
  • Were you subjected to chronic loud noise during your life?
  • Do your ears ring?
  • Do you have dizziness or vertigo?
  • Did you have ear infections as a child?
  • Do you have ear pain?
  • Is it harder to hear the voices of men, women, or children?
  • Do you notice environments where it’s challenging to follow the conversation?

At this time, you should also be asked about medications you take. This is important because many prescription and over-the-counter drugs are ototoxic, or harmful to your hearing. This is also the stage to mention anything else you feel relates to your hearing.

Visual Examination of the Ears

Next, your ear canal and ear drum are inspected by a lighted device called an otoscope that magnifies the structures in the ear. Most hearing care specialists use video otoscopes which show you the inside of your ear on a video screen. Among other conditions, otoscopes spot ear wax blockages, ear drum perforations and signs of infection in the ear canal or middle ear. These problems can contribute to hearing loss, and are generally corrected by medical doctors. If none of these conditions is found however, the hearing screening continues with the pure-tone air-conduction test.

Air Conduction Testing

The pure-tone air-conduction test notes the very softest tones you can hear at least 50% of the time they are played for you. During this test, you will sit in a completely quiet room or sound booth, wearing earphones. Starting with one ear, the practitioner plays tones of different frequencies, (high-to-low pitches), one at a time. When you hear the sound, you raise a finger or press a button. Each tone is played at softer and softer levels until you no longer respond consistently. The softest level you can hear is your threshold for that particular frequency. The various frequencies played represent the range of sounds you commonly hear in the world. Your responses are charted on an audiogram, and the resulting graph indicates how well your outer and middle ear structures are processing sound.

Bone Conduction Testing

Bone conduction testing uses the same process as air conduction testing, but tones are sent to a device placed behind your ear instead of into earphones. This allows sounds to bypass your outer and middle ear and pass through your skull to your inner ear. In this manner, bone conduction testing accurately assesses your inner ear’s hearing ability, without influence from your outer or middle ear. Once the results of both air conduction and bone conduction testing are plotted on your audiogram, a fuller picture of your hearing health emerges. The picture may show normal hearing or may indicate hearing loss. If the latter, the audiogram identifies the degree (mild, moderate, severe, profound), and the type (conductive, sensori-neural, mixed) of your hearing loss.

Speech Testing

The next step in the process is testing that utilizes speech. The first test requires you to repeat a series of two-syllable words that are played at successively lower levels. This test helps to determine the level at which you can detect speech. You will then be asked to repeat one syllable words set at a comfortable listening level, to see how well you understand speech. Identifying these levels helps to further determine your hearing aid candidacy. Other valuable speech tests may include:

  • Speech-in-Noise testdetermines how well you hear sentences in noisy environments
  • Most Comfortable Listening Level (MCL)systematically increases volume until it feels “just right”
  • Threshold of Discomfort (TD)/Recruitment testsystematically increases volume until it’s uncomfortable /li>

If your hearing tests show you require hearing aids for hearing loss, these speech tests help customize your hearing devices so it’s easy to comprehend conversation in multiple listening environmentseven noisy ones.

Take Charge of Your Hearing Care

While a hearing screening can range from a short procedure to a battery of tests, a good hearing care professional will always take the time to explain every step, and help you understand your results. Remember, good hearing is in your control, so never hesitate to ask questions or seek answers! Call Beltone today at 661.948.4573 to schedule a complimentary hearing test.  Our office is located at 753 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA  93534.  We also have offices in Bishop and Ridgecrest.  Call for more information.

June 13, 2011 Posted by | AV Beltone, Lancaster blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

Custom Shutters and moulding Palmdale/Lancaster

CBTT offers quality and affordable Residential and Commercial finish carpentry service throughout Southern California. With over 14 years of experience in the industry, our team will be able to provide you with an accurate quote, great materials, and reasonable time for completion of your project.

No job is ever too small or too big for us, whether you are looking for a new kitchen, remodel your bedroom, we have an affordable solution for you.

CBTT Woodworking provides a wide range of products and services in the fine cabinetry and custom carpentry field. These include:

• Custom moldings

• Cabinetry

• Entertainment centers

• Fireplace mantles

• Wainscoting (recessed, raised or bead-board paneling)

• Shelving and more

CBTT was was established in 1997, based in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County. Has done much work throughout Southern California.

CBTTis a family owned and operated finish carpentry service, specializing in: Custom moldings, Cabinetry, Entertainment centers, Fireplace mantles, Wainscoting (recessed, raised or bead-board paneling), Shelving and more.

At CBTT Services, our main goal is customer satisfaction.

From returning phone calls and e-mails to cleaning up at days end and everything in between. Our goal is to earn your repeat business, not expect it because good contractors are hard to find. We want to exceed your expectations with superior workmanship and customer relations. If you hire CBTT Services, you know you will be getting a quality finish at a reasonable price.

Also, CBTT Services and their employees understand that there is an element of trust involved when entering someones home. It is this company’s goal to make our customers comfortable in allowing us into their homes through friendly, professional conduct.

June 13, 2011 Posted by | Entertainment Centers Lancaster, Fireplace Mantles Palmdale, Moulding Lancaster, Plantation Shutters Palmdale, Wainscoting Palmdale | , , , , | Leave a comment

Motorcycle Safety Courses in Lancaster

Even seasoned motorcycle riders can benefit from taking a motorcycle safety course.  As an added benefit, you could save on your insurance premium just by completing the course.  Find a qualifying class in your area here


June 13, 2011 Posted by | lancaster allstate insurance, lancaster auto insurance, lancaster home insurance, lancaster insurance, lancaster life insurance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Treating OTHERS as YOU would like to be treated.

Just thinking about the strife and tribulation that goes on among people that I know and it makes me sad. Hence, this blog…. The title above is really the ONLY way to live your life and if you live it that way, gee, a lot of unhappiness goes away. And happiness will come your way, in many ways. If only the people that really need to HEED this, would, life would be so much more simpler and enjoyable!!

We all know people that love to “stir the pot”, create trouble and turmoil, and others are actually happier being mad about something. Some of those individuals I have eliminated from my life to bring more peace to myself and my family. Some I can’t eliminate. To those, I wish peace and harmony within themselves. I rise above their unhappiness and hope that one day, they “see the light”.


June 13, 2011 Posted by | chris calaba, happiness, life lessons | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multi-talented artist Dennis Calaba

Striking a note between Impressionism and Realism, Dennis Calaba’s style is difficult to categorize. His influences range from Homer to Wyeth. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, CA., he studied art at Cal State, Northridge and the Art Center of Design, Pasadena. He has been a commercial artist since 1977. Having worked in the entertainment, advertising, and aerospace worlds, it has expanded his talents and interests. He paints portraits, landscapes, seascapes, automotive art, murals, and animal subjects. Dennis chooses whether he will work in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, guache, or pen & ink, depending on what will best suit the subject matter.

His inspiration is found in nature’s bountiful compositions. Underlying in each of his artistic works is a mood that he hopes will be communicated to the viewer. Location is not as paramount to this artist as capturing that “mood”. He believes that a successful work of art invites people to enter, bringing their own feelings into it. Dennis is comfortable working in his studio or outdoors. Both of these methods have advantages that he likes to incorporate in his work. It is this mixture of “capturing the moment” and “creating a mood” that give his art their dynamics.

He has gained wide-spread recognition from many awards in juried art shows, exhibitions and several galleries that range from Carmel Valley to Wrightwood to Lake Hughes. His works also hang in businesses and numerous private collections.
He has a wife and two daughters and resides in the far eastern Antelope Valley, where there are gorgeous sunrises and sunsets visible from his home everyday !
We, at the Graphic Experience are pleased to have his artwork hang here in our gallery. Come see it.


June 13, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, graphic experience | , , , , , , | Leave a comment