A hearing test is performed by a trained audiologist and involves evaluating how well one can hear. During the testing a number of different evaluation tests are used to assess the entire hearing mechanism. The results of the test, and consequential treatment options, are based on the part of the ear involved, the severity of the loss and the patient's listening needs.
A conventional adult hearing test involves a number of different testing measures. These include testing the different parts of the ear through using different equipment, headphones and a sound-treated booth. During the test, the patient is required to behaviourally respond to tones and speech stimuli.
During a paediatric hearing test, the testing procedures used will be determined by the child's age and concentration levels. The different testing measures aim to assess the child's hearing sensitivity; as well as the different parts of the ear. He/she will be required to respond to tones using toys and visual reinforcement as facilitators. Speech testing will be conducted using pictures and other visuals. Often results are confirmed using objective measures.