We know what happens when we go to get our eyes tested by an optician. But what happens during a hearing appointment with an audiologist?
At Sound Audiology, our dedicated doctors take a series of steps to ensure we can clearly identify your hearing issue and find the best treatment solution.
Want to know more? Here’s how it works:

Personal background

An audiologist begins the appointment by asking a patient about their personal history, lifestyle, and particular concerns regarding hearing loss.
They do this to build a detailed picture of how a person’s daily experiences and background may have contributed to their specific health issue and help determine future needs.
The time audiologists spend listening to each individual is extremely valuable. Often, there are significant clues to a correct diagnosis and course of treatment in a person’s life story.

Hearing evaluation

An audiologist will then undertake a full hearing evaluation. This is a detailed inspection of a patient’s ears, investigating any clear and present problems.
They begin with a preliminary check with otoscopy to determine whether there are any obvious issues with their ear canal or eardrum.
They’ll then conduct a test called a tympanometry, to examine a patient’s middle ear system. Once completed, they can rule out certain issues, like a build-up of fluid or a perforated eardrum.
After this, they’ll begin what most people view as a traditional hearing test. They’ll ask a patient to respond to a series of different sounds when prompted, followed by a series of speech tests.
This is a highly scientific process. An audiologist will change a sound’s pitch, volume, and frequency to see how particular patients react to the procedure.
Here, an audiologist will not only examine a person’s hearing but also find out how efficiently their brain is processing speech signals.

A special service

Sound Audiology knows that taking a hearing test can be daunting. That’s why our doctors make it easy for patients to share this experience with their families.
They take patients’ individual diagnosis very seriously and don’t make assumptions based on general assessments, but target key issues regarding individual circumstances.
This is because Sound Audiology’s staff truly care about its patient well-being and believe each person deserves to achieve the best solution possible for their hearing.

Do you want the expertise of our leading audiologists? Click here to schedule an appointment at one of our Kennewick, Walla Walla, or Prosser locations today!

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Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

Lori attended Washington State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences and her master’s degree in audiology. She began practicing audiology in the Tri-Cities in 1993 and has worked with both adult and pediatric patients. She has spent her career focused on assisting those with hearing difficulties through the use of hearing aids, listening strategies, assistive devices, and counseling.