Request Your Audiologist Appointment in Phoenix, AZ

Complimentary Comprehensive Hearing Consultation

At Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids, the goal of our FREE ABHA Hearing Consultation is to give our patients who are interested in our hearing aids with NeuroTechnology™ what they need without all the unnecessary extras. When you come in for your audiologist appointment in Phoenix, AZ, you can look forward to the following:

Step #1 – Conversation with One of Our Audiologists

When you first arrive, you will have a conversation with one of our experienced audiologists about your medical history (including your family medical history), your hearing history, as well as details about your lifestyle (job, hobbies, activities, etc.).

During this conversation, it’s a good idea to share whether you’ve recently been exposed to loud noises, if you’ve had difficulties hearing in normal conversations, if you are on any medication (especially antibiotics), or if you have recently had a cold or ear infection.

Step #2 – Otoscopic Ear Exam

After this talk, our audiologist will conduct a physical examination of your ears using an instrument called an otoscope. The otoscope allows our audiologist to examine your ear canal and eardrum for any damage. This examination will cause no discomfort. Our audiologist will also check your ears for any fluids or buildup, which might signal infection, or for a buildup of earwax, which could affect your hearing if impacted.

Step #3 – Pure-Tone Hearing Test

Following the physical examination, our audiologist will administer a series of hearing tests. A hearing test usually takes place in a soundproof room or lab. You will be asked to remove your glasses or any jewelry that may interfere with the headphones used during the test. Our audiologist will give you more detailed instructions for the tests when you schedule your consultation.

In the pure-tone test, tones and pitches are played at varying volumes in each ear, separately. When you hear a sound, you will be instructed by our audiologist to either raise your hand or push a button. The tones and pitches increase in volume until you can hear them.

Step #4 – Speech Discrimination Test

The speech test comes in various forms. With the whisper speech test, our audiologist might stand 1-2 feet behind you and whisper, asking you to repeat the phrase or word. If you cannot hear them, they will repeat the word or phrase until you can.

In the spondee speech test, you might be asked to repeat spondees (two-syllable words) that are played through headphones. Like pure-tone tests, speech tests are also tested one ear at a time.

Alternatively, an auditory brainstem response test may be performed. The auditory brainstem response (ABR) test identifies issues in your inner ear and the process by which sound waves are translated into neural signals sent to the brain. In this test, electrodes will be attached to your head and ear area, and our audiologist will play sounds through headphones. You will be asked to sit quietly, while your brain responds to these signals

Step #5 – Review of Your Audiogram

The results of your hearing tests are recorded as an audiogram. An audiogram is the visualization of your hearing abilities, using a chart that measures decibels and hertz. There are two outcomes for hearing tests: normal hearing, or some degree of hearing loss. Normal hearing falls between 0 and 25 decibels. Based on your results, our audiologist will determine the extent to which you are suffering from hearing loss, if at all. This audiogram, along with the physical examination and conversation with you, will help our audiologist develop your personalized treatment plan.

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As one of the premier audiology practices in Phoenix, AZ, our team at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids also provides 5-star-rated hearing and balance services to patients from North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Avondale, Glendale & Peoria, AZ, and surrounding areas.