The Difference Between Hearing Screening and Evalutations

At Lemme Audiology Associates, we’ve been helping patients in Altoona, Pennsylvania hear better since 1988. Our goal is to provide the best quality hearing health care, while also helping you understanding the procedures we use to determine the quality of your hearing health.

Here, you can learn about two common assessments that are done to test your hearing: Hearing evaluations and hearing screens. These two phrases can be confusing, but are critical in determining the quality of your hearing.

Hearing Screening

A hearing screening is the first step in evaluating a patient’s hearing health. These screenings are a quick and cost-effective way for our audiologists to evaluate patients and determine if there is any hearing loss. If no hearing loss is detected, then the patient is presumed to have normal hearing. If hearing loss is detected, then it is often necessary for patients to be further evaluated.

Hearing Evaluations

These are much more in-depth assessments of a patient’s hearing, which will help determine the nature and degree of hearing loss. There are a wide range of tests that can allow our licensed audiologists to determine the best treatment options.

When a hearing evaluation is performed, our audiologists begin by asking a series of questions, which include:

  • Do you have any symptoms or concerns about your hearing?
  • Are there times when it is more difficult for you to hear?
  • Are you taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications?
  • Do you have a medical history or family history of hearing loss?
  • What types of noises have you been exposed to at home, on the job, or in the military?

The next step in your hearing evaluation is a series of tests, such as Otoacoustic Emissions, AcousticReflexes and Pure-Tone Audiometry. For more information about the complete list of hearing tests offered at our office in Altoona, Pennsylvania, visit our Hearing Evaluations Page. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about hearing screening and hearing evaluations, please contact us. We are the hearing experts of Altoona, Pennsylvania and want to help you hear everything around you.