Hearing Testing for Adults & Children
At Hearing Institute of Ontario, we provide a comprehensive hearing test so that you have a complete understanding of your hearing health.
What Does a Hearing Test Involve?
A hearing test is an entirely safe and pain free procedure performed in a sound proof booth that will take approximately 30 minutes for an adult and 45 minutes for a child.
A Hearing Institute of Ontario will perform a comprehensive hearing test that actually includes five different procedures:
- Physical examination of the out ear and ear canal
- Pure tone audiogram
- Speech discrimination test
- Tympanometric assessment
- Bone Conduction Test
During Pure Tone testing, our audiologist will play a set of tones at different frequencies and intensities to measure the faintest sound a person can detect. The response is recorded in a line graph form and the resulting chart is known as an audiogram to determine the shape and level of hearing loss.
The Speech Discrimination test determines how well a person can discern words at different volume levels. Our audiologist will present words at different decibel levels and ask the person being tested to repeat the words.
The Tympanometric Assessment measures the middle ear volume and the mobility of the eardrum. This test can identify problems like a punctured eardrum or fluid build-up behind the eardrum.
Bone Conduction testing uses pure tones delivered to the inner ear using a headband device that bypasses the outer ear. This test will determine the type of hearing loss that you have which will determine the appropriate treatment.
Our Hearing Test Procedures and Policies
Free Hearing Aid Evaluation
This comprehensive hearing evaluation will determine if you have a hearing loss and would benefit from hearing aids. Our Audiologist will provide recommendations for the type and style of hearing aids that would best suit your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. This test is suitable for adults who are interested in improving their hearing ability.