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Hearing Tests

The Importance of Hearing Tests

Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age, due to heredity effects, medical conditions or loud noise exposure, just to name a few.  However, as we get older, we naturally become more susceptible to hearing loss because of changes to the structures of our auditory system. A hearing test performed by a certified Audiologist will determine if you have hearing loss, the degree of hearing loss as well as what type of hearing loss is present. We recommend having your hearing tested by age 40, this initial test is important for setting a baseline so that changes can be monitored and when needed, intervention can occur.

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A hearing test should be part of one’s overall health and wellness plan. Just like visiting your doctor or dentist, we should also get into a routine of checking our hearing health regularly. Having a hearing test every year is strongly encouraged, especially for those over 55, someone with a family history of hearing loss or folks who work in loud environments.

If you or someone you care about is wondering whether they may have hearing loss, take the first step to knowing your hearing health status and book a hearing test with one of our certified audiologists today, simply by calling us at HRM 902-482-2222 or Bridgewater 1-902-530-2222.

What happens during a hearing test?

Case History

  • Before your appointment begins you will be asked to complete a case history form in the waiting area or previous to arriving for your appointment. This information form asks questions about your general health and wellness, medical conditions, your hearing concerns as well as information on prescription medications taken on a regular basis.At the beginning of your appointment your audiologist will review your case history form with you and may ask additional questions for clarification to have a better understanding of the reason for your visit and any concerns you’re having before beginning your hearing test.


  • Your audiologist will look in each ear using an otoscopic light. This provides a visual picture of any abnormalities such as excessive wax in the ear canal, inflammation or injury to the ear canal or eardrum, abnormal growths or signs of infection. This visual evidence is used for clarification of concerns, test results or reason for referrals to investigate any abnormal findings.

Immitance Test/Tympanometry – Middle Ear Test

  • To ensure that sound is travelling through the middle ear system as it should your audiologist will next check the mobility and movement of your ear drum and middle ear bones as well as assess the response of your acoustic reflexes. This part of the test is quick, painless and completely automatic.


Threshold Test – Hearing Level Confirmation

  • This next part of the test will take place inside a sound booth. Your audiologist will insert foam ear tips into your ear canal which are used to present a variety of pure tone sounds as well as speech to establish your hearing levels at individual frequencies and provide an overall picture of how well you understand speech in quiet and/or in noise.
  • Also when necessary your audiologist will check your hearing levels via bone conduction using a head band with a bone vibrator attached. This test is used to confirm the type of hearing loss present, especially if middle ear dysfunction is suspected.
  • The individual responds to the pure tone sounds by pushing a button anytime a sound is heard, even when the sounds are very quiet, once the response is repeated at least 50% of the time presented a threshold or hearing level is marked for that frequency.  Speech testing requires repetition of single word lists in quiet as well as sentences with varying levels of noise present.
  • Results and Recommendations

    • Once the hearing test battery is completed your audiologist will review your results with you right away. A form called an Audiogram is used to record the result of each test above. If any of the tests have revealed a need for medical investigation a referral will be made to the necessary health professional right away.
    • If you have normal hearing results a recommendation for routine hearing screenings will be made and a followup plan established. Hearing conservation will also be addressed, especially for those who work in a loud environment, musicians or those who enjoy leisure activities in elevated sounds environments (Hunting, ATV, Sports, etc).
    • If your results reveal a hearing loss which requires no further investigation than your audiologists will recommend options for intervention including; hearing devices, counselling and support, aural rehabilitation, and communication strategies.

Having a hearing test is part of a healthy, active lifestyle.  Don’t let fear, stigma or procrastination prevent you from knowing your hearing health status. Our expert audiologists will provide professional, friendly and accurate results so that you can maintain connections to loved ones, remain engaged in day to day activities and prevent the negative effects of undiagnosed or untreated hearing loss.

Call us today to book a FREE* Hearing Test at any of our full service hearing health clinics. 

HRM 902-482-2222 | Bridgewater 1-902-530-2222 | New Minas 902-681-2222 | Yarmouth 902 742-2222

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