Getting Your Hearing Evaluated

Hearing impairment affects more than just your ability to hear — it affects your quality of life. Hearing HealthCare, Inc. stresses the importance of an accurate and timely hearing test. The hearing evaluation is just the beginning of your treatment, and it’s essential to setting your unique care plan in motion and taking action on hearing loss. Your in-depth hearing evaluation will help us craft a treatment plan that renews your ability to hear, allowing you to truly hear your best and live life on your terms.


Step One: The Interview

The interview process helps our practice determine the extent of your hearing impairment and aids us in uncovering any specific areas requiring further attention. Some typical questions you’ll want to prepare for are:

  • Has anyone else in your family had hearing problems?
  • Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you taken any medications that might have contributed to hearing impairment?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises in your workplace or while participating in leisure activities?


Step Two: The Examination

Our hearing care providers take a close look inside your ear and figure out whether the hearing difficulty you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or eardrum. We use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect your outer ear.


Step Three: Hearing Tests

Next we’ll need to figure out the nature of your hearing loss. There’s a chance we will include hearing tests such as the following:

  • A pure-tone hearing test to measure your hearing at all frequencies (250 – 8000Hz)
  • A speech assessment to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes
  • A middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure

If you are suffering from a hearing impairment, your results will be documented on an audiogram. An audiogram is created after you take a pure-tone hearing test, to map out the type, degree, and configuration of your hearing loss. The audiogram shows your hearing loss by frequency, as pitch and loudness of sounds change. Frequencies are measured in hertz (Hz), and the loudness or intensity is measured in decibels (dB). We will help determine whether you have trouble hearing low or high pitches and what that means for you moving forward.


Step Four: Treatment Options

Hearing Aids

We will work with you to match your lifestyle needs with the most advanced technology, specifically designed to treat your unique hearing loss. The basic components of this instrument include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and a tiny processor. The exceptional effectiveness of your devices is the result of a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.


Surgery & Implants

ENT’s now have the ability to surgically insert devices into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. Typically, these are most helpful if you are deaf or profoundly hearing impaired and hearing aids are not a useful treatment for you. Surgical implants include:

  • Cochlear implants
  • Middle-ear implants
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids
  • Auditory brainstem implants

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Patient Testimonials

See what people are saying about Hearing HealthCare, Inc.

  • I have been very fortunate to have been a very satisfied client of Hearing HealthCare, Inc., for more than seven years. You have provided hearing tests, recommended proper hearing aids, fitting, and excellent follow-up services. Most recently you recommended I move up to open-fit digital hearing aids to keep up with the changing technology. Again, you impressed me with your knowledge of the technology and the improvements that are occurring in today’s industry. You and your staff have impressed me every time I have visited your office. I will continue to recommend others to use Hearing HealthCare to receive the best professional care.


  • I heard about Hearing HealthCare, Inc. from a friend who raved about audiologist Suzanne Noonan. Suzanne was wonderful through the entire process of me getting my first hearing aid. She is a good listener, calm, and patient. She very professionally performed my hearing tests, fairly represented the products she sold, and honestly advised me according to my best interests. I have felt very well cared for by her and the staff at Hearing HealthCare, Inc..


  • I’ve been a patient of Jane and Susanne since before they moved from their humble beginnings — let’s lie and call it a shack in the Potomac flood zone — to their present palatial offices (hard candy, water cooler, lavatory, hearing store, the latest in diagnostic hearing machines, countless partners, and their great administrative assistant Tina Rose), and there seems to be nothing they can’t do right before your eyes (and ears). Before Drs. Jane and Susanne, I had one hapless heath care professional after another. But these ladies have given me freedom to enjoy concerts and plays (and television without blasting my wife out of the room) to lectures, and just to feel a bit more normal. I love them, but I have been married 55 years, and so remarriage is out. (Sorry, girls.) But love just the same.


Frequently Asked Questions

How is hearing tested in newborns?
Before your child leaves the hospital, they’re given an otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test. When sleeping, an earphone and microphone are placed in the ear, sounds are played, and their response is measured. If the newborn does not have a hearing impairment, an echo is reflected back into the ear canal being measured by the microphone. When a baby does have a hearing loss, no echo can be measured on the OAE test. This test is generally administered twice. Please see our section about child hearing loss for more information on hearing impairment and preventive measures for all ages.
How long does a hearing test take?
Approximately 20 minutes.
How often should I get my hearing tested?
This depends on lifestyle as well as age. Typically, we recommend an annual hearing test, whether there are signs of hearing loss or not, particularly if you are exposed to noise consistently through work or play. If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of hearing loss, please call today to schedule an appointment. Signs include but are not limited to:
• Feeling that people mumble
• Having to turn up the volume on television, telephone, or personal listening devices
• Trouble following conversations in busy venues (concerts, restaurants)