Hearing Test

What To Expect In A Hearing Test

The purpose of a hearing test is to diagnose hearing problems or deafness. Yet you may wonder how a hearing test works and what you can expect during a hearing test.

Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center administers hearing tests to our patients who sit in a soundproof booth and wear a set of headphones that are connected to an audiometer. An audiometer generates tones across the entire frequency spectrum–from low to high. The patient wears headphones during the test and listens to the tones and signals to the audiologist when tones are audible.

The audiologist or hearing aid specialist sits in the adjacent room and administers the hearing test behind a window where the patient is always visible. The window allows you and the audiologist to see each other and communicate during the hearing screening.

By testing how well you hear high, medium and low frequencies, an audiologist can plot hearing loss on an X and Y axis and identify areas of concern. That enables us to accurately pinpoint areas of hearing loss and design a treatment plan.

Both ears are tested during the basic hearing test, and sound is transmitted to each ear individually. Not surprisingly, you may discover that one of your ears hears much better than the other. That’s why hearing aids are customized to meet the unique hearing needs of each ear.

Take an Online Hearing Test

To help you understand how a hearing test works and the range of tones and frequencies our ears are capable of hearing, click on the link below for a fairly scientific hearing test.


Find a quiet place and listen through your computer’s speakers or plug in headphones. Be sure to listen at a normal and comfortable volume–the same volume you would use to watch any video. You don’t want to damage your ears during this test. Also, be sure you don’t turn up the volume if you don’t hear the tone. It’s there…just give it time to register in your ears.

Schedule a Hearing Test Today

Protecting your ears is important because once damage is inflicted on your ears, your hearing will suffer for the rest of your life. If you find yourself struggling to hear what people are saying or find people complaining that you turn the TV or music up “way too loud,” you may have hearing loss. Call Audiologist, Dr. Emily McMahan today.

Schedule Now 907.522-4357 office@akhtc.com

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