Platte Valley

 
Serving Fort Morgan, Sterling, Wray, Yuma, CO
970-867-9993
1-866-377-9993

UPDATE: After learning the government does consider Audiology essential, we will be providing services. PVHC will be staffed limitedly, but we are here for you. If you need us, we ask for you to call the office. We will then assess your needs and determine the safest way to help. We will be providing "curb side" care to our hearing aid patients. Please, call ahead (970)867-9993. We will meet you in the parking lot, take your aids inside, and take the necessary action to get everything working well for you! PVHC is now offering Virtual appointments as well. For those of you in need of an appointment for more critical needs, please call and we will determine how best to help you. Thank you for your patience at this time! Thank you for allowing us to be your hearing healthcare provider!

Diagnostic Hearing Tests

A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining your hearing capability. If you have a hearing loss, it will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your particular hearing loss. The diagnostic hearing evaluation will be performed by one of our doctors of audiology using a piece of equipment called an audiometer.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborn infants to seniors.

A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:

  • Air conduction testing
  • Bone conduction testing
  • Speech testing
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) testing
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing

The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, though you may need a referral from your primary care physician to quality for coverage.

Why a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation is Important

Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss, and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it's important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.

If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, the diagnostic hearing evaluation helps your audiologist know which hearing aids will be most appropriate for your needs

What Can I Expect During a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation?

The evaluation will probably last about 30 to 40 minutes in length. You should also allow for time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results, and ask questions.

If the determination is made that you need hearing aids, allow for sufficient time to discuss your options.  Often, we can demonstrate a hearing aid in the office so you will know how they look, feel and sound.

It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.

Before your appointment, a complete medical history will be completed and our Doctors of Audiology will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing.  We will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus, and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. It helps to ask around for recommendations to audiologists in your area and find someone who listens carefully to your concerns. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions. You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.