What Happens At A Hearing Assessment?

01/12/2022 | Hearing Test, Patient Resources


A hearing assessment is crucial for people of all ages to ensure they can successfully maintain healthy hearing and overall optimal health.

After treating thousands of patients in Indiana, I have seen firsthand that most people are unaware of how easy, painless, and beneficial these exams are.

By getting a hearing assessment, we’ll receive valuable information that we use to either treat an existing problem or prevent a future one.

Even if nothing is wrong, your test results will stay on file. This is so if something occurs in the future, we have an established benchmark from which to work.

I want to take this opportunity to go through exactly what a hearing assessment entails from start to finish.

Introductory Conversation

If you come in specifically to evaluate your hearing and possibly seek treatment, we’re going to start with an in-depth case history. During our initial conversation, I want to get as much information about your hearing history as I can.

This includes past audiologist visits and treatments. To properly treat you, I will need to know about your hearing environments as well.

  • Is your workplace loud?
  • Are your hobbies loud?
  • Is your home life loud?

From there, we’ll not only look at your medical history, but we’ll also look at what your hearing goals are and how specifically your hearing is handicapping you.

By identifying these lifestyle characteristics, I can draw accurate conclusions of why you hear the way you do – knowing the “why” is a considerable step toward treating any existing problems.

The Hearing Assessment

Armed with the information you provide, we’ll then go into a test booth. We perform the tried-and-true test where you click the button when you hear the beep. Then we’re going to do some word testing.

What we do differently, though, is we also test you in noise.

One of my number one complaints from patients is that they can’t hear a specific noise when other sounds are present. We test you in noise just to see what that ability is and how it will translate to the real world.

You will be prompted step-by-step throughout the entire process. I have administered thousands of tests and use all those years of experience to implement a very user-friendly experience.

Test Results And Review Discussion

Once the entire hearing assessment is over, you don’t have to wait weeks or months for the results. They are automatically processed. With that information, I can develop a plan for either how to maintain your hearing or how to improve it.

From there, if you do have a hearing loss and you choose to seek treatment, then we’re going to go back and really cover all your options.

If hearing aids are the solution, we’ll discuss all the styles, how they feel, and how they look. We might be able to do a demo, depending on the timeframe.

Then we’ll really deep dive into what’s going to work within the goals that we had defined earlier in the appointment.

The Next Steps

I’ve had many years of experience helping patients lead a happy and exciting lifestyle no matter their hearing challenges.

Whether you have a problem now or just want to know your hearing status, you can book a hearing assessment right here.

You’re also welcome to contact us at (812) 532-3011, or stop by our office and we would be happy to answer all of your questions.


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Dr. Person Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Person has been a private practice owner since 2005. She currently specializes in hearing aids, tinnitus management and vestibular diagnostics, while operating in an unbundled service delivery model. Dr. Person is the host of The Unbundled Audiologist podcast. She serves as the incoming VP of Audiology for ISHA for a three year term. Her greatest accomplishment is creating a life where she can serve others while still spending quality time with her husband and two small children.