How Long Does a Hearing Test Take?

Optometrist holding otoscope and examining a female patient's ear. This is what to expect during a hearing test.

There are three purposes of a hearing test. One is to determine whether there is a hearing loss problem. The second is to pinpoint the exact cause of your hearing loss. The third provides a solution.

At Hearing Expert, we are passionate about providing patients with a personalised solution to their hearing difficulties. If you’re wondering how long a hearing test takes, our comprehensive hearing test takes around 30 minutes to complete. Here’s what to expect during your visit. 

Case History Review

At the beginning of your hearing test, our expert audiologist will ask you a series of questions to find out exactly how your hearing is affected and what the issues are. During this time, you can let us know about any problems you may be having. Perhaps you’re struggling to keep up with the conversations around you, or maybe there’s a constant ringing in your ears? We’re familiar with a wide range of symptoms, so no hearing difficulty is too complex. We’re here to help!

We’ll also discuss any factors that may be affecting your hearing, such as loud noises at work, a head injury or hearing difficulties that are worsening with age. Once we have all of this information, we can examine your ears.

Ear Examination

Your ears will be examined inside and out using a video otoscope. This small camera will help your audiologist to check on the health of the outer and middle ear, looking for any signs of excessive ear wax or inflammation from an infection. The examination is a quick and painless and designed to diagnose or rule out any physical causes for your hearing difficulties.

Pure Tone Audiometry

Now you’re ready to move onto the pure tone audiometry hearing test where we determine your level of hearing. We’ll play you a range of high and low pitch beeps and it’s your job to press the button in front of you anytime you hear a beep.

Bone Conduction Test

Finally, your audiologist will do a bone conduction test. First, they will fit a vibrating device behind your ear. Then, we’ll play the same series of beeps as in the pure tone audiometry test — and take note of which ones you respond to.

Hearing Test Results

Now that every component of the hearing test is complete, we’ll examine your results and clearly explain if you do have any hearing difficulties and what the cause is. From here, we discuss your options on how to solve or improve your hearing issue. So you can expect to feel more like yourself in no time.

That’s half an hour to diagnose your hearing problem and tailor a solution, especially for you. If there are no signs of hearing loss, use these results as your hearing baseline for when you have your next hearing test.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a FREE consultation with our expert audiologist.