On your first visit, the audiologist will go over your medical history and hearing. Then, the audiologist will inspect your ear canal with an otoscope to ensure there isn’t anything such as ear wax that may interfere with your hearing test.
Finally, the audiologist will conduct a series of tests to:
- Determine if there is hearing loss
- Pinpoint the cause of hearing loss
- Examine the degree of hearing loss
- Evaluate hearing loss frequency
About hearing loss and frequency:
Some people have either high or low frequency loss , and occasionally, both high and low frequency loss. The sound a word makes and each letter of that word contains many frequencies. The sound that a word produces are a medley of many frequencies. However, the lowest frequency is calledfundamental frequency.
High- frequency hearing loss:
Speech patterns with consonant sounds are typically high-frequency. If you experience high- frequency hearing loss, the following consonants may become indistinguishable: f, s, th, k, t, ch, and ch.
Have someone read the following phrases out loud to you. If they sound alike, you may be suffering from high-frequency hearing loss.
take the cash
chase the cat
shake the sack
fake the stats
taste the catch
face the facts
Low-frequency hearing loss:
The ability to hear low-frequencies helps one to understand speech patterns, pitch, and some consonants that are produced nasally such as M, N, and Ng.
- Adult females will have an average fundamental frequency between 200-220 Hz
- Adult males will have an average fundamental frequency of about 120 Hz
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