Hearing Tests for Adults and Children in Yarmouth, NS
We provide hearing tests for all adult and child clients in the Tri-County area. We can test children starting at the age of 3. Our testing is comprehensive in order to provide a full assessment of the state of your hearing. However, we also make sure that our testing is as easy and comfortable as possible.
Most audiologists recommend that clients with certain risk factors for hearing loss should get a hearing evaluated on an yearly basis. Those risk factors include people living with diabetes, seniors, and people who have already been diagnosed with hearing loss. It is important to be able to diagnose hearing loss early, so we can prevent it from getting worse.
It is also important to keep track of hearing loss to see if it has changed, so you can re-tune your hearing aids to help. It’s just like getting your eyes checked in case you need glasses with a new prescription!
What Happens At Your Appointment
When you book a hearing test at our Yarmouth hearing clinic, we will accomplish the following:
- A physical exam of your ears for any factors that could affect the hearing test results such as an ear infection or earwax build-up.
- You will be asked specific questions about your hearing health and general health factors that can affect hearing such as diabetes.
- An evaluation of your hearing to:
- Establish the current hearing capacity of both your ears.
- Set a baseline of your hearing so we can spot future changes and how quickly they occurred.
- Analyze the specific sounds, pitch and volume that give you difficulty.
- Our clinician will explain your results of the test to you, and make the best possible recommendations for solutions to deal with your hearing loss
Types of Hearing Tests
During the hearing exam, we may perform multiple types of hearing tests to get the best idea of your hearing loss. Some of the hearing tests may include the following:
- Pure Tone Hearing Test: also known as Air Conduction Test, it is performed in a sound booth with headphones.
- Bone Conduction Hearing Test: a small device is placed behind your ear to gently vibrate to tell how well you can hear in spite of excessive ear wax or blockages.
- Acoustic Reflex Hearing Test: monitors the reflex that occurs when you are exposed to loud noises.
- Tympanometry: tests your middle ear and mobility of the eardrum to determine if you have fluid in the ear, a middle ear infection, a tear in the eardrum, or other similar issues.
- Standardized Speech Test: words are spoken to you and you are asked to repeat them back, working through the softest and loudest volumes you can hear.
- Physical Ear Exam: A physical exam of your ears with an otoscope to detect malformations, excessive wax, the presence of a hole in the eardrum or fluid bubbles behind the eardrum.
If you have any questions about the different kinds of hearing tests and which would be better for you, please call us at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Hearing Tests
What Should I Bring To The Appointment?
- List any symptoms of hearing loss that you are experiencing.
- List any key medical information.
- Summarize any jobs or hobbies where you were exposed to high levels of noise.
- Bring a family member or friend along.
- Bring your Health Card with you.
How Do I Prepare For A Hearing Test?
Many people are anxious at the thought of going in for a hearing test because they don’t know what to expect and are nervous about the results of the test.
The best way to prepare is to bring a friend or family member with you and to try to stay in a relaxed mindset.
What Do The Results Mean?
A hearing test isn’t a pass or fail test as the results can tell you if you have hearing loss in one or both ears and to what degree of hearing loss you have. Adults with hearing loss up to 25 decibels have normal hearing. Here is how the degrees of hearing loss are broke down:
- Mild Hearing Loss: 26 to 40 decibels
- Moderate Hearing Loss: 41 to 55 decibels
- Moderate-to-Severe Hearing Loss: 56 to 70 decibels
- Severe Hearing Loss: 71 to 90 decibels
- Profound Hearing Loss: 91 to 100 decibels
Our clinician will go over the results of the hearing test with you and discuss what the next steps are for you.
When Should You Seek A Hearing Test For Your Child?
There are definitive signs that indicate your child should have a hearing test.
- Newborn babies up to six months old should react to loud noises by moving, crying or giving another response.
- You can spot hearing deficiencies in infants up to two years old by monitoring speech. At this point, they should be able to use or imitate simple words for familiar people and objects.
If they don’t react to sounds or imitate simple words you should seek to get a hearing test done on your child.
How Much Does A Hearing Test Cost?
The hearing test provided by our hearing health care professionals cost $60 for an adult. The hearing test can be used for job applications.
For children, the hearing test costs $60 and for a screening costs $45.
Book A Hearing Test Today!
Our hearing tests are performed by Shauna MacCallum, Aud (C), B.A., M.Cl.Sc., our certified Private Practice Audiologist. She has over a decade of experience, so you can have peace of mind that you are receiving expert care and counseling.
To book a hearing test appointment, please fill out the form or call us at 902-742-7835 today!
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3 Lovitt St., Suite #103,
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 3C1
Monday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm