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Birmingham, AL | ENT Specialists
Hearing Evaluations
What to Expect at Your Hearing Evaluation
Expert Guidance for Accurate Diagnosis of Your Hearing Health

Comprehensive Assessments & Hearing Evaluations in Birmingham, AL

At ExcelENT of Alabama, we provide comprehensive hearing evaluations to assess your hearing health and address any concerns you may have. Our experienced audiologists are dedicated to delivering personalized care and accurate diagnoses.

During your hearing evaluation, we will conduct a series of tests and assessments to evaluate your hearing abilities and determine the best course of action. We understand that each patient is unique, and our goal is to provide you with a thorough understanding of your hearing health and tailored recommendations for further treatment or interventions. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we are committed to helping you achieve optimal hearing health.

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What to Expect at Your Hearing Evaluation at ExcelENT

During your hearing evaluation at ExcelENT of Alabama, our audiologist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, if any. The assessment will include the following tests:

  • Otoscopy: Our audiologist will examine your ears using an otoscope to check for the presence of wax, fluid behind the eardrum, or any abnormalities in the ear canal.
  • Tympanometry: This test measures how well your eardrum moves in response to changes in air pressure. It helps identify conditions such as fluid behind the eardrum or issues affecting the outer and middle ear.
  • Speech testing: You will wear headphones, and the audiologist will play a series of words in each ear. Your task is to repeat the words you hear.
  • Tonal testing: Our audiologist will play different tones through headphones or a bone-conduction headband. You will be asked to indicate when you hear the tones by saying “yes” or raising your hand.

Once the evaluation is complete, our audiologist will discuss your results, explain your type and degree of hearing loss, and provide recommendations for further steps or treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing Evaluation FAQs

Preparing for your hearing evaluation is simple. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure a smooth and productive appointment:

  • Make a list of your symptoms: Before your evaluation, take note of any specific hearing difficulties or concerns you have been experiencing. This will help your audiologist better understand your needs.
  • Bring a list of medications: Compile a list of any medications or supplements you are currently taking, as certain medications can impact hearing health.
  • Have a family member or friend accompany you: It can be helpful to have someone close to you accompany you to the appointment. They can provide additional information about your hearing abilities and offer support during the evaluation.
  • Be prepared to answer questions: During the evaluation, your audiologist may ask about your medical history, previous exposure to loud noises, and any relevant medical conditions. Providing accurate information will assist in determining the best course of action.

Remember, our team at ExcelENT is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, and we are here to guide you throughout the evaluation process.

The duration of a hearing evaluation can vary depending on individual factors. A comprehensive hearing evaluation may take approximately 30 to 60 minutes. However, the exact time can be influenced by various factors, such as the complexity of your hearing concerns and the specific tests required.

After completing the hearing evaluation, your audiologist will review the results with you. We will explain the findings, discuss your hearing health, and address any questions or concerns you may have. In most cases, you will receive immediate feedback and a comprehensive understanding of your hearing abilities during the evaluation appointment. Your audiologist will also recommend further steps, such as treatment options or additional follow-up appointments, if needed.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Birmingham ENT specialists, call us at (205) 988-6858, or send us an appointment request.

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