Comprehensive Hearing Assessments

Your First Step Toward Better Hearing

The biggest reason that so many people are walking around with an untreated hearing loss and a limited ability to connect is because self-diagnosing a hearing loss is very difficult.

With hearing loss often being very gradual and slow, the incremental day-to-day differences are almost impossible to notice, with no way to compare your level of hearing today to what it was yesteryear. This is why our loved ones are often the first people that notice our hearing challenges.

The problem with an untreated hearing loss is that it continues to worsen until addressed, with many people waiting several years between first experiencing hearing challenges and taking any form of meaningful action.

We’re passionate about raising awareness for the importance of regular hearing testing, with hearing loss recently listed as the third most common physical condition in the US and the World Health Organization predicting that hearing loss cases will double by 2050.

If you or a loved one is experiencing challenges with your hearing, the first step is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment. Start by completing the form on this page or call (907) 522-4357.

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What to Expect from our 8-step Comprehensive Hearing Assessment

Some avoid seeking help for their hearing loss because of a lot of misconceptions surrounding hearing tests. Regardless of your age, lifestyle, or circumstances, if you aren’t hearing as well as you used to, you can benefit from a hearing test. Even if you are not experiencing a hearing loss, a hearing test helps to establish a baseline against which future tests can be measured. To put you more at ease, here is what you can expect from a hearing test at Alaska Hearing.

1. A Friendly Conversation

The first and most important step in a comprehensive hearing assessment is a friendly conversation in order to get to know you better. We will talk about your work, hobbies and interests, lifestyle, and the concerns you have about your hearing. Our conversation will include your family and medical history as well as a discussion about different types of medications or treatments you are involved in. This conversation is a great way to break the ice on a new partnership as well as giving us some insight into the possible causes and treatment options we might consider.

2. Physical Examination of Your Ears

The first part of a hearing assessment with us is a physical examination of your ears using an otoscope. This allows us to look for blockages and inflammation as well as any ear canal or eardrum damage, which might include earwax removal before we move on to a series of tests.

3. Tympanogram

For this test, we insert a tympanometer into the ear canal. This instrument changes the pressure in the ear and then generates a pure tone. Its purpose is to measure how your eardrum responds to the different pressure levels.

4. Pure Tone Audiometry

For this test, you will be fitted with a set of ear inserts. Our audiologist will transmit a series of tones at various pitches and volume levels. You will respond to each tone you hear. The audiometer will record the volume levels for each frequency on a chart for later review.

5. Speech Reception and Word Recognition Tests

In order to test how well you hear and understand normal conversation, in ideal listening situations, we use a series of weighted words. This small subset of words uses the different consonant and vowel sounds of the English language. This allows us to measure how well your ear-to-brain relationship works so we can use this information to discuss the appropriate methods of treatment needed.

6. Tinnitus Testing

We use well-established tools and treatment techniques capable of reducing the perceived burden produced by tinnitus. Our team connects with the most advanced instruments and techniques available.

7. Discussion of Your Results

The last part of an Alaska Hearing assessment is a discussion of your results.

Our audiologist will show you the results of the information we gathered through our series of tests and explain what each set of data reveals. We will have an honest discussion with you during this time as we answer your questions, consider your lifestyle, and preferences as well as your hearing care objectives.

For those with a hearing loss, we will go over the various options available to treat your specific type of hearing loss. In some instances, you will be referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor for treatment. Where a hearing loss is not identified, we will provide guidance for preventative hearing care suited to your occupation, lifestyle, and hobbies.

Dr. Emily McMahan Observing Hearing Asssessment Booth During Appointment

Dr. McMahan is the absolute best. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my hearing needs. She is prompt, knowledgeable and always takes the time to include me in all care decisions. I always feel like I understand what is going on and am involved in my hearing care.

Sydney Bostwick

Schedule a Hearing Assessment


If you’re concerned about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, then the first step is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment.

Simply complete this form referencing your preferred day and time, and we’ll contact you shortly to schedule your appointment.

A hearing assessment is quick, non-invasive and we’ll be able to share the results with you immediately.

If you have a question or need any clarification ahead of scheduling, then you can call us at (907) 522-4357.

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