For better or worse, we live in a noisy world. But whether you prefer the loud chaos of an extended family gathering or the natural song of your alone time outdoors, you miss a lot when your hearing begins to decline. Hearing loss can present many different obstacles to your everyday life and dampen the depth and music you normally experience in a million different sounds.

At NYHD, we want you to live your best life and experience everything it has to offer. Whether it’s the song you loved in high school, crunchy leaves underfoot, or your life partner sleeping next to you, these moments count— and we believe that no one should wait until they’re gone before looking for effective treatment. With a hearing assessment, we can create a customized treatment plan for you that helps you and your loved ones get the best out of your experience in life.

What is a Hearing Assessment?

A hearing assessment is a set of tests performed by a professional audiologist to determine if you’re experiencing hearing loss and how significantly. A hearing assessment is usually the first step in treatment for hearing loss because it gives us a baseline to tailor your treatment and hearing aids to your anatomy and needs. At NYHD, we can perform a battery of hearing tests to get a full assessment of your hearing health. Each are targeted to specific areas of the ear or types of hearing loss— there’s no need to worry, though, because each is perfectly painless. During a consultation, we’ll pick the tests that will help us get the best assessment of your hearing concerns.

Pure-Tone Testing

This test measures the range of frequencies you can hear using sounds from high to low frequency. It’s sometimes called audiometry, and it records your responsiveness to faint sounds that are administered through comfortable headphones.

Tympanometry

This test measures your middle ear function and its important structures. This can include the ear drum and bones. It works by introducing various air pressures to see how the middle ear responds and check its integrity.

Speech Test

This test can sometimes be performed when other noise is present so that your audiologist can measure how well you can hear verbiage and sounds in a noisy, conversational environment. During this test, you’ll be asked to repeat back the words you’re hearing so we can measure how well you pick up on specific sounds in language.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

This test uses a probe that is gently placed in the ear canal to measure very quiet sounds that are created by your inner ear when responding to noise. If these sounds aren’t produced, it’s a good indicator that your inner ear is not responding to stimuli.

Why are high frequency sounds typically the first to go in hearing loss?


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Why is a Hearing Assessment Important?

Although it might seem obvious, hearing tests are extremely important if you’ve been experiencing hearing loss. Unfortunately, many people don’t test for hearing loss as often as they should. This can lead to difficulties in everyday life— it can also be indicative of undiagnosed medical problems that include hearing loss as a symptom. The fact is, the sooner you undergo a hearing test, the more proactive we can be in treating your hearing loss and preventing further damage. Hearing loss has been linked to many serious health concerns later in life, so your first step is a simple hearing test with our audiologists.

What Can I Expect at NYHD?

To begin your hearing assessment, we’ll talk about any symptoms you’ve been having and why you opted for a hearing test. Many patients say that a loved one encouraged them to be tested or that they realized they have trouble hearing their television at a reasonable level. These things can be valuable in helping us determine your degree of hearing loss and what hearing aid will be best for you and your lifestyle. Once we’ve talked about your symptoms and difficulties, we’ll begin the tests. These assessments are quick, easy, and can be performed at our private, comfortable office. Once our audiologists have a report of your test results, we can review them and discuss the treatment options, hearing aids, and lifestyle changes that can benefit you best.

“It has been a real pleasure to be treated by NYHD. Her expertise in helping me to understand and feel comfortable with my hearing aids greatly put me at ease. She is patient and intuitive and takes the initiative to troubleshoot and make adjustments to my aids as needed. She has provided me with wonderful service.”

Schedule a Consultation

Although it can seem like a hassle to take care of your hearing health, it’s important to your overall health and quality of life. Fortunately, it requires an easy first step. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our audiologist who can perform a quick and easy assessment of your hearing and recommend your next treatment options. To schedule a consultation, call our New York City office at 212-774-1971 or fill out our online form. Our helpful staff can help you find the appointment that works best for you.