Hearing Tests throughout Kansas and Kansas City
Our Hearing Evaluation Process
We offer hearing exams in the following offices: Kansas City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Ottawa, Overland Park, Manhattan, Gardner and Lee’s Summit. Learn more about our evaluation process below.
STEP 1: Case History
This is the part of the appointment where we learn about your history, symptoms and lifestyle
WHAT WE DISCUSS
We ask questions about surgeries, medications and other health issues that may be relevant to your hearing issues. If possible, please bring a list of your medications.
To better learn about your challenges, we examine what symptoms you are experiencing and in what situations. This discussion sometimes includes a family member.
Your lifestyle is important to know for selecting the right solution to your hearing challenges. We take the time to get to know you to better understand your individual needs.
Whether from military service, industrial settings, or concerts, noise exposure is a major cause of hearing loss. We discuss past and present noise exposure and evaluate possible needs for protection to prevent further hearing damage.
STEP 2: Otoscopic Ear Exam
Our Hearing Professionals will look in your ears, using an otoscope, to examine your eardrums and ensure that there are no obstructions or other problems. If necessary, they can remove excessive and impacted wax using a microscope.
What We’re Looking For
Too much earwax can block the sound entering the ear. Some cerumen is normal – we make sure your ear canals are clear and that earwax will not interfere with testing.
Ear Canal Health
We want to ensure that there are no growths, cysts, signs of external infections, or other skin conditions. Believe it or not, foreign objects occasionally get stuck in your ear canal and obstruct the sound.
Eardrum (Tympanic Membrane)
Your tympanic membrane, TM, or eardrum, is an important component to your hearing. The appearance of your TMs can indicate possible medical problems of the middle ear. We look for signs of infection, perforations, retractions, and more.
Appearance of Ear
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Professionals will look for deformities, growths, skin tags, and possible abnormalities of the outer ear, ear lobe, and surrounding area.
STEP 3: Hearing Exam
We measure how you hear under various conditions
What We’re TESTING
Using specialized headphones, we play tones at various frequencies across the spectrum and have you respond when you hear them.
Using a small button behind your ear, we can directly stimulate the hearing nerve and determine possible blockages in the middle ear area.
Using speech at various volume levels, we evaluate your level of understanding (speech discrimination) for men’s and women’s voices. We test both in Quiet and with various levels of Noise in the background.
Testing your UCLs, or Uncomfortable Loudness Levels, helps us evaluate your dynamic range of hearing and understand which sounds are too loud for you.
STEP 4: Review Results
After the case history, otoscopic exam and hearing tests, our Hearing Care Professionals will review the results
FIND A SOLUTION
We will plot the results on chart and also explain what they mean, how they relate to your hearing problem, and how they compare to normal hearing.
If any red flags come up during the exam, our professionals may refer you to an appropriate specialist, and will coordinate care with your Primary Care Physician. .
If hearing aids are indicated, we will recommend solutions that fit your unique lifestyle, hearing loss and budget. If appropriate, we will also discuss ways to best protect your ears from damaging sounds. A Hearing Aid Evaluation appointment may be scheduled
Hearing Aid Evaluation
To best evaluate which hearing aids are most appropriate for your hearing loss, ear canal size/shape/acoustics, and to allow you to hear through hearing aids to better understand the types/differences.