What Happens at a Hearing Test?

04/22/2022 | Hearing Tests, Patient Resources

What happens At A Hearing Test

For many people, booking a hearing appointment is a scary proposition. On average, our patients wait seven years, from noticing a hearing loss to seeking help at Audicles.

But the longer you leave it, the more your problem will worsen. Our hearing evaluations, led by expert doctors of audiology, are quick and straightforward procedures arranged at a time that suits you. Want to find out more? Here’s how they work:

A Warm Introduction

When you first arrive at Audicles’ San Antonio location, you’ll be met by a friendly member of our team, invited to relax in our delightful waiting room, and fill out some paperwork with a cup of coffee.

Your audiologist will then take you to their office, where initially, they’ll want to have a chat about your hearing concerns.

The doctor will want to know whether your family has a history of hearing problems, if you’ve been exposed to loud sounds, and why you felt it was essential to visit Audicles today.

But they’ll also want to find out about your experiences, backstory, and expectations. Our doctors must build trust with each patient and ensure they’re comfortable moving forward.

Hearing Evaluations

The doctor will then begin the formal hearing evaluation, and they’ll start by taking a detailed look inside your ears. This is to make sure there aren’t any apparent blockages, such as wax build-up or foreign bodies, affecting your hearing.

But they’ll also be looking for anything that might require medical attention. If they spot fluid in your middle ear space or inflammation, for example, then this could indicate you have an infection, resulting in a referral to a specialist physician.

Similarly, if they find that you have apparent damage to your eardrum or nerve endings, then this will affect how they choose to treat you later.

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Our Sound Booth

Next, a doctor will take you to our sound booth, where they’ll make sure you’re sitting comfortably in our famous giraffe print chair. They’ll then play some easy-to-understand words through a pair of headphones, which will slowly get softer and softer over time.

The doctor will ask you to repeat the words until you can’t hear them anymore. This will offer a primary indication of your hearing capacity. Then, they’ll introduce some beeping sounds, a test you might’ve taken as a child.

You’ll press a button each time you hear a beep as they decrease in volume – there are no penalties for guessing!

Treatment Consultation

Following these tests, the doctor will bring you back to their office, where they can discuss your results step by step, so you understand everything completely.

They’ll discuss all the treatment options that are available to you and offer expert guidance about how you could benefit from them.

For those requiring hearing aids, each doctor can demonstrate how they work in practice and discuss what technology might work best for your specific condition.

By the end of your appointment, you’ll have all the knowledge and understanding to pick a hearing solution that’s right for you.

Our patients’ lives change for the better after they get the correct diagnosis. Now is a great time to book an appointment with an expert. Contact us today to request a callback!

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.

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Audiologist Required to Join Winning Team

Audicles Hearing Services is in search of a dispensing audiologist to join our amazing team in San Antonio, TX. It’s an opportunity to be part of a nationally respected team of passionate people who have built a stellar reputation as the most caring, trustworthy, and experienced hearing care experts in West Texas.

We’re now seeking someone that wants to join our work family, show us the commitment that we’ll show them and be part of shaping our future, as one of our audiologists.

To join our team, we care much more about you, your personality, and your career ambitions. From our experience, a great audiologist cares more about people than anything else, they feel a duty to help others, and they’re often willing to go far beyond normal expectations to delight their patients.

If this is how your co-workers and friends would describe you, we’d like to meet you:

  • Positive attitude, always a pleasure to be around, great sense of humor
  • Friendly, warm, a people person – and comes across the very first time you meet someone, even on the telephone
  • Patient, compassionate, helpful especially with older people. Even temperament, calm, always pleasant, unflappable. Has a knack for being able to turn a frown into a smile
  • Committed, dedicated, a great teammate, pitches in without being asked, puts team accomplishments ahead of individual accomplishments
  • Accurate, detailed, gets things right, double checks their own work, makes very few mistakes
  • Owns it: accepts responsibility, credits others for successes and accepts responsibility for failures. Always finds a constructive way to solve a problem
  • Coachable, doesn’t get defensive, accepts feedback with a positive attitude. Always looking for ways to grow and improve
  • Reliable, dependable, doesn’t just arrive on time: often comes in a little early to make sure they’re prepared for the day; willing to stay late when there’s work that needs to be done

These statements also describe the people you’ll be working with in our office. It’s the kind of culture we’ve developed, and we’re absolutely committed to maintaining that culture. The person we hire has to be a great fit, and we’re prepared to wait until the perfect match comes along.

This isn’t just a job: it’s a commitment to a team, serving a real purpose, helping people stay connected with their loved ones and enjoy life.