Your Hearing Test: What to Expect

At Eldorado Audiology and Hearing Center, we offer personalized hearing loss solutions.We perform thorough testing and diagnostic procedures to ensure proper understanding of the problem. Here is some useful information to help prepare and understand what to expect from your appointment in Santa Fe, NM.


The first step of your hearing evaluation will be your history. We’ll ask about loud sounds you have been exposed to, such as farming, construction work, concerts, or shooting. We will also assess your overall health and any prior illnesses to determine if there may have contributed to hearing loss or tinnitus. We then will inquire about any physical traumas, injuries to the ears, and/or history of previous surgical intervention. Finally, of course, we will check any prior hearing tests to take prior methods and treatments into account.


The next step of your hearing evaluation will be a physical examination of the ear and ear canal. We will be checking for any obstructions such as wax build-up. If there is something blocking the canal, we’ll clean the ear and see if it provides any relief. We will also check for any holes in the eardrum, infection, inflammation, or fluid buildup. Anything discovered that requires medical treatment, we will send you to your primary care physician, or an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon (ENT) if it appears surgery is needed.


Once we determine that the ear canal is clear and healthy, we continue into the screening portion of your hearing evaluation. This test is done in a sound proof booth to eliminate distractions. Foam insert earphones are used to isolate the ears from each other, and we test your hearing by testing a range of pitches, understand speech, and to separate speech from background noise.

The sound booths have windows to alleviate any discomfort. This portion of the exam takes only a short time to complete.


Once your evaluation is completed, we will review the results with you to ensure you understand and can ask any questions you may have. We will tell you how your hearing relates to speech, and how this explains the specific difficulties you are experiencing. We believe that the best way to make a good treatment decision is to have the right information.


If hearing aids it is found that hearing aids are necessary, we will program a pair and you visualize what they look like, how they feel, and what sounds you are missing. It is fairly common for people to feel nervous about the idea of wearing a hearing aid and become overwhelmed by all the options. We are here to help take the guesswork out of your decision and feel confident in your choice.