At Whittier Hearing Center we conduct our initial hearing assessments with a straightforward four-step process.
In our experience, this process yields the most accurate and personally relevant results through a combination of state-of-the-art hearing tests and a thorough interview, to ensure that we fully understand your lifestyle and your needs. Understanding your concerns and what’s most important to you in a better-hearing solution is one of our most important priorities.
Step One: The Interview
Purpose: To help us determine how you are experiencing your hearing loss and to uncover any information that might help reveal its cause.
Typical questions include:
Has anyone else in your family had hearing loss?
Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?
In what types of situations do you find you are experiencing the greatest difficulty with your hearing?
In what types of situations do you wish you could hear better?
Step Two: Physical Exam of the Ear
Purpose: To help us determine if the hearing difficulty you are experiencing is being caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or eardrum. We will use a magnifying instrument called an otoscope to painlessly inspect the outer ear.
Step Three: The Testing
Purpose: To help us determine the specifics of your hearing loss. If you have a measurable hearing loss, your results will be clearly documented on an audiogram. Hearing tests often include the following, depending on your needs:
Audiometric pure tone evaluation to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
Speech evaluation to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
Immittance middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.
Step Four: Treatment Options
With this step we will review your test results and explain them in detail. If we feel further medical evaluation is needed, we will explain why and the type of physician you need to see. If you need a non-medical solution, we will discuss those options with you. Your options may include:
Amplification with hearing aids is the preferred treatment for most types of hearing loss and can provide significant improvements in one’s ability to communicate effectively and without a burdensome degree of effort.
Today’s digital hearing aids come in a variety of designs (including invisible-in-the canal models) with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs.
Assistive Listening Devices
ALDs are specialized hearing technologies that help people with all degrees of hearing loss. These devices can facilitate face-to-face communication and improved experience with media such as televisions and telephones adapted to help the hearing impaired.
To schedule a hearing test in Whittier, please contact us or call (562) 698-0581.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before your child leaves the hospital, they’re given an otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test. When sleeping, an earphone and microphone are placed in the ear, sounds are played, and their response is measured. If the newborn does not have a hearing impairment, an echo is reflected back into the ear canal being measured by the microphone. When a baby does have a hearing loss, no echo can be measured on the OAE test. This test is generally administered twice. Please see our section about child hearing loss for more information on hearing impairment and preventive measures for all ages.
Approximately 20 minutes.
This depends on lifestyle as well as age. Typically, we recommend an annual hearing test, whether there are signs of hearing loss or not, particularly if you are exposed to noise consistently through work or play. If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of hearing loss, please call today to schedule an appointment. Signs include but are not limited to:
• Feeling that people mumble
• Having to turn up the volume on television, telephone, or personal listening devices
• Trouble following conversations in busy venues (concerts, restaurants)
13121 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90601