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 simple 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 just 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 in the past, and why you felt it was important to visit Audicles today. But they’ll also want to find out about your experiences, backstory, and expectations. It’s important that our doctors 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 obvious 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 an 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 clear damage to your eardrum or nerve endings, then this will affect how they choose to treat you later.

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 perform demonstrations of 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 you need to pick a hearing solution that’s right for you.

Our patients’ lives change for the better after they get the right 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. 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.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
What Would Brian Rate Audicles Out of 10? ...
“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton