Diagnostic Hearing Testing

What to expect during a hearing test at the UNC HCC:

A comprehensive hearing evaluation assesses an individual's ability to hear and ability to understand speech, and lasts approximately one hour. The test is completed by a North Carolina licensed audiologist and is conducted in a calibrated sound treated booth to ensure accurate results.

During the exam, the audiologist will:HE 2

  • Complete a medical case history
  • Examine the ears (otoscopy) to ensure clear canals and healthy ear drums.
  • Conduct pure tone testing (air and bone), to determine the softest sounds a person can detect
  • Conduct speech testing, to assess word understanding
  • Review the results
  • Discuss recommendations and next steps
  • Refer patient to another specialist (ex: ENT, Neurologist) if needed

Additional testing may be warranted, depending on the outcome of the evaluation.