What to expect at your appointment
Your appointment will begin with a case history. During this time you will be asked questions about your general health, hearing, noise exposure, communication issues and medically related issues such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dizziness/imbalance. You will also be asked for a list of prescription and non-prescription medications. The audiologist may inquire as to whether you have a history of falling.
The audiologist will check for excessive ear wax, blockages, or any problems with your ear canal/eardrum which may require further evaluation by your primary physician.
Next, a comprehensive audiometric evaluation will be performed. This evaluation helps determine the type and degree of hearing loss.
Upon completion of all tests, the audiologist will explain the test results and whether the treatment options will be medical as determined by your primary physician or amplification (hearing aids).