Hearing Test Specialist

Priority Hearing and Tinnitus

Audiology located in Maricopa, AZ & San Tan Valley, AZ

The latest estimates show that 15% of adults in the United States suffer from hearing loss, with your risk increasing from 6% in early adulthood to 43% after the age of 70. Devin Anderson, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, and the compassionate team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus in Maricopa and San Tan Valley, Arizona, offer state-of-the-art hearing tests to determine if you have hearing loss and the cause of the problem so they can recommend customized treatment. To schedule a hearing test, or to ask questions about hearing concerns, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.

Hearing Test Q & A

When should I schedule a hearing test?

The challenge of hearing loss is that it typically develops so gradually that you don’t notice the change at an early stage. It’s time to schedule a hearing test if you notice that you:

  • Need to increase the volume on the television
  • Can’t understand or hear people when there’s background noise
  • Misunderstand what others say
  • Frequently ask others to repeat what they just said
  • Find it difficult to hear high-pitched voices

There’s another reason to get your hearing tested: Hearing loss can increase your risk of dementia by 200-500%. However, restoring your hearing may prevent or slow down progression toward dementia.  

How do audiologists conduct a hearing test?

The team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus specializes in comprehensive hearing tests that analyze all your potential hearing problems. Your exam begins with a review of your medical history and a physical exam of your ear. Then you take tests, such as:

Pure tone test or audiometry

Pure tone audiometry tests your hearing sensitivity, identifying the quietest sounds you can hear at different pitches. 

Tuning fork test

Your ability to hear tones from a tuning fork shows if you have hearing loss in one or both ears and helps determine the type of hearing loss. 

Speech and word recognition tests

Your audiologist talks to you through headphones and asks you to repeat words spoken at different volumes. This test also determines if your hearing is affected by background noise. 

Tympanometry test

A tympanometry test evaluates how well your eardrum moves, which is essential for allowing sound waves to get to your inner ear.

Auditory brainstem response test

The auditory brainstem response test detects hearing loss in your inner ear.

Acoustic reflex measures

When you hear a sound, a muscle in your middle ear tightens, a normal movement called the acoustic reflex. Your provider tests how loud the sound must be before triggering this reflex, which in turn reflects the severity of your hearing loss.

What happens after my hearing test?

When your tests are finished, your provider at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus fully explains the results and answers all your questions. Then they talk about your treatment options, which depend on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. For some, the treatment is as simple as cerumen (earwax) removal, while others may need to consider getting a hearing aid. 

To schedule a hearing test, call Priority Hearing and Tinnitus or use the online booking feature.