Audiograms (Hearing Tests)
An Audiogram is a graph produced following a pure-tone hearing test. This graph shows the softest sound a person can hear at different pitches and frequencies. More information can be found at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association’s Website.
We perform our audiogram hearing tests in a soundproof booth. The patient will hear a series of tones and is asked to press a button when a tone is heard. The test takes around 15-20 minutes in the soundproof booth. Results are immediately generated and our doctor then looks it over.
Typically a company will have its at-risk employees tested each year, the first year is called the “baseline audiogram” which establishes your hearing ability compared to other patients. Further year tests will show changes in hearing ability. We are looking for negative changes in hearing, which would need to be further investigated to find the root cause, which might be occupational or an outside injury.
Before the test:
- You will be asked a series of questions; this is to ensure looking that you have not been exposed to loud noises for 14 hours. If you work in a loud environment, you should be tested before work, and avoid concerts, shooting guns and other loud noises 14 hours prior to the test.
- If the client has a serious cold, it is better to postpone the test as sinus pressure effects hearing.
- If they wear a hearing aid, you will be asked to remove them as our audiograms are only for testing your hearing without technological aids.
If you or a loved one are concerned about your quality of hearing, please give us a call today. Our staff is here to help you hear!