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A&E Audiology & Hearing Aid Center is committed to the highest standard in hearing care. In order to receive the best hearing care, your hearing doctor must be able to correctly diagnose your hearing loss. When you visit one of our Lancaster, Lititz or Willow Street, PA, hearing centers, we begin your journey to improved hearing with a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Your initial diagnosis helps to provide a complete picture of your unique hearing profile.
A hearing screening typically plays a sound at different volumes and asks you whether you can hear it or not. This is very similar to what you did in grade school when they asked you to raise your hand when you heard a beep. However, a hearing screening alone doesn’t provide a complete picture of HOW you hear. A hearing evaluation, on the other hand, gathers information about far more than what you hear. It also considers HOW you hear and WHY you hear the way that you do. Our doctors perform a range of tests to determine your cognitive abilities, how you hear soft speech, and how you hear in noisy situations such as restaurants and church. We perform the following tests to determine each patient’s unique hearing situation:
Pure Tone Testing – This is your basic hearing screening. Tones and pitches are played at varying volumes separately in each ear. You will be instructed to either raise your hand or push a button when you hear a sound. The tones and pitches increase in volume until you can hear them.
Bone Conduction Testing – A bone conduction test presents pure tones and is performed by placing a headband around your head and an oscillator behind your ear. The oscillator vibrates and sends the pure-tone sound directly into your cochlea, bypassing the outer and middle ear. This test is important in helping to determine if there is a problem with your outer ear, such as your ear canal, or your middle ear, such as your eardrum or the bones of your middle ear.
Video Otoscopy – This is an examination of the outer ear, or “external auditory canal,” using an otoscope. This allows our team to see what’s happening in the ear canal and if there is a buildup of cerumen (ear wax), skin cells, or other issues that are impacting your hearing.
Speech Testing – This test measures how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation. You will be asked to listen to and repeat spoken words at varying volumes to determine your speech reception threshold.
During your first appointment, we will want to know about your history of noise exposure, medical history, other health factors, and family history. We’ll also want to know what type of social environments you are most often in, how you are doing in different hearing situations, and how you are dealing with hearing issues in your life. As your appointment approaches, it’s a good idea to start thinking about these questions.
We know hearing loss affects everyone in the family, so we recommend you bring your spouse or close family member to your first appointment. This is a journey you will be going through together and they can give important feedback on your hearing difficulties. This information is helpful in developing the best treatment solution for you.
Our team will also provide you with ample educational resources so you can fully understand your results and available rehabilitation options. Additionally, we will make sure all of your questions are thoroughly answered about our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else that you would like to know about us. Once we have determined your hearing needs, we will prescribe you with hearing treatment that same day. You will leave our office hearing better!
Come experience A&E Audiology & Hearing Aid Center! You will see for yourself that our Lancaster, Lititz and Willow Street, PA, hearing centers provide 5-star hearing consultations in Lancaster, Rohrerstown, West Township, Millersville, Mountville, Central Manor, Landisville, Silver Springs, Lancaster City, Mt Joy, Marietta, Lititz, Neffsville, East Petersburg, Manheim, Rothsville, Akron, Ephrata, Brownstown, Leola, Willow Street, New Danville, New Providence, Strasburg, Buck, Quarryville, Conestoga, Rawlinsville, Georgetown and Christiana, PA.