On your first visit to an audiologist, he or she will start by asking you questions about your medical and hearing history. This is called the case history.
Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope. He will be checking for anything in the ear canal that might affect the test results or require referral to your doctor.
Finally, the audiologist will conduct a diagnostic hearing test (audiometry) or series of tests to assess:
- Whether there is a hearing loss.
- The cause of the hearing loss (to the extent possible).
- The degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss.
- The best treatment options.